Hebrew University of Jerusalem students take a break during their first day of classes on Sunday..
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Senior lecturers from 17 colleges around the country returned to work Monday after reaching an agreement with the Planning and Budgeting Committee and the Finance Ministry over an ongoing salary dispute.
A collective agreement will be formulated over a period of time and the approved salaries university staff members receive also will apply to senior staff at colleges,” the Council for Higher Education said. “The agreement also allocated part of the budget to promote research in addition to teaching.”
The deal ended a one-day strike that kept senior lecturers out of classrooms for the first day of classes on Sunday.
The work action did not cause noticeable disruptions and only a small minority of classes were canceled.
Ram Shefa, chairman of the National Student Union, applauded the parties for reaching an agreement that allows thousands of students to begin the academic year as planned.
“We are pleased that, in a precedent-setting manner, not just the quality of teaching but also research was brought into the agreement,” he said. “I hope this situation in which students are used as bargaining chips to attain a certain goal does not repeat itself.”