High schools across the country will be closed tomorrow (Sunday), with the exception of special education schools and middle schools.
The chairman of the teachers' organization, Ran Erez, demands that the salary of a beginning teacher in post-primary education in Israel be 12,000 shekels per month. According to him, the strike comes because the Ministry of Finance refuses to negotiate matters with the teachers' organization, and post-primary teachers do not have agreements A full year's salary.
"After a whole year of giving opportunities to the Ministries of Finance and Education to conduct substantive negotiations with the teachers' organization regarding the salaries of secondary education teachers, they have reached a point of water," Erez said. "M matter-of-fact and continuous and reach agreements regarding teachers' salaries. The Ministry of Finance is abusing the patience shown by the teachers' organization for a whole year and dragging its feet on purpose."
Chairman of the teachers' organization Ran Erez, photo: Gideon Markovich
The Center for Local Government also attacked the Ministry of Finance: "We call on the Ministry of Finance to stop procrastinating and immediately return to the negotiating table with the upper elementary teachers' organization and take care of improving the salary and employment conditions of the upper division teachers."
The Ministry of Finance stated in response that it "regrets the puzzling and dishonest behavior of the teachers' organization. We note that the meeting scheduled for Thursday was canceled by the teachers' organization due to our request to postpone the meeting by an hour. The Ministry of Finance calls on the teachers' organization to prevent unnecessary harm to the students and to return to the negotiating table ".
The Ministry of Education, which decided not to issue an injunction against the strike, stated: "The Minister of Education sees importance in strengthening the status of the teacher and in raising the salary for secondary education teachers as well. In a conversation held with the chairman of the teachers' organization on Thursday, it was agreed that the director general of the ministry would support the effort and lead a joint dialogue between the organization and the treasury".
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