Bill Would Limit Salaries for All Government Employees

A proposal submitted by MK Haim Oron (Meretz) that will be discussed today by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation would limit the monthly salary of any state employee to between NIS 40,000 and NIS 60,000. Oron recommends setting the maximum salary at five times the average monthly salary (or at about NIS 40,000) or, alternatively, at the salary level of Supreme Court Justices - whichever amount is higher.

If enacted, the law would apply to employees of government ministries, local authorities, the Bank of Israel and any and all institutions that receive state funding, are overseen by the State Comptroller or in whose management the government has a role.

According to a proposal introduced by Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, however, the Knesset Finance Committee could approve exceptions to the maximum salary regulations.

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation will deliberate on a number of other draft bills today as well, including three outlined below.

The 3-minute rule: MK Eitan Cabel (Labor) is introducing a bill that would require service providers to respond to customer phone calls within three minutes or, alternatively, to allow customers to leave their phone number by voice mail with the proviso that the company or institution call them back within three hours. The cabinet is expected to support the measure.

Choice in billing dates: Customers will be allowed to choose the date they are charged for goods or services with a standing bank order, if a bill sponsored by MKs Uri Maklev and Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism), and Yariv Levin (Likud) is passed.

No more night flights: And if MK Haim Katz (Likud) gets his way, all takeoffs from Ben-Gurion International Airport would be banned between 1 A.M. and 6 A.M. Katz, who happens to live in Shoham, not far from the offending airport, cites the noise and decline in real estate value suffered by those who live under the path of the night flights.