Labor in English

30 בדצמבר, 2012

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MK Shelly Yachimovich at the annual J Street conference 

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Labour’s Plan: A Fair Economy

I believe that all Israeli citizens should reap the benefits of the economic strength of the country, not just a lucky few.

I believe in social democracy, which means a fair economy and a just society.

I believe in a thoughtful balance between a thriving free market that encourages dynamism and entrepreneurialism, and a government that cares about its citizens and manages the country’s resources in a wise and responsible manner.

I believe that the rights to housing, a living wage, nutrition, physical security, health care, education, justice, aging with dignity - these are all fundamental rights.

After a decade dominated by Netanyahu's economic worldview - a paradigm that has only expanded the shameful and dangerous gaps between rich and poor in Israel and severely eroded the middle class - the state has abandoned its obligations to its citizens.

It's time for change.

I propose an economic plan based on five key building blocks that outline the steps required for Israel to return to being a state with a fair economy and a just society. This is a practical and detailed plan, soaring in its aspiration but firmly grounded in reality.

This is not poetry, this is prose. This is not a revolution; it is a profound change, thorough and responsible.

My detailed plan is available in Hebrew here, and since we are committed to our English-speaking constituency, we are working to make it available in English in the coming days. Within all five building blocks you’ll find a description of the current situation, the proposed solutions, and the specific budgetary sources to implement the plan.

Shelly Yechimovich
Meanwhile, here’s the essence of our courageous yet responsible plan to build a fair economy:

1. Reviving essential services.

Use of tax revenues to increase civic expenditure and to provide

  • free, quality education;
  • better and more affordable health services;
  • and more reliable public transport -

all to lower the level of family expenses and increase net income.

2. Fair wages for hard work.

Dramatically reduce the phenomenon of contract workers; increase the enforcement of labor laws, reduce wage gaps, and raise the minimum wage. Effective regulation of the capital market and increased state responsibility for guaranteeing the public's savings.

3. Lower housing and food costs.

Lower housing costs by bringing thousands of new housing units to the market, and lowering food prices through price controls and setting a reduced VAT. As a result, net family income will increase.

4. Fair competition.

Fighting industry concentration, encouraging productive industry (both hi-tech and “low-tech”), and vigorous investment in small- and medium-sized businesses.

5. Fair Taxation

Raising taxes on the very rich and on the most profitable companies; reducing unfair indirect taxes (such as reducing the VAT on basic products); raising royalties and taxes on the country's natural resources; using profits from the extraction of Israel’s gas and other fossil resources for the benefit of all citizens, not just the few.

We can’t go on with business as usual. It’s time for change.


Shelly Yachimovich
Labor Chair