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residents told the High Court of Justice Thursday that they were not
interested in futher talks and want to be allowed to resign, responding
to a request for clarification from the court. Earlier, justices
criticized the residents for resigning before the court ruled in their
The petitioners argue their resignation letters are not part of any
collective dispute, as the National Labor Court had ruled, but were personal
decisions to leave their posts, which they say they have a right to do.
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petition the court was hearing was filed against the Labor Court ruling
preventing their collective resignations after negotiations with the
Finance Ministry proved fruitless.
The National Labor Court’s ruling, they said in the petition, amounts to “modern day slavery” and violates the Basic Law on Freedom of Employment.
They also contended their working conditions contravened the law, the
Labor Court had injured their basic rights and the ruling had been
Earlier Thursday, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch criticized the
medical residents who resigned this week, telling them, "We should have
rejected your petition based on a lack of integrity, but we did not do
so because of the special situation," she said.
Justice Hanan Melcer also criticized the residents, asking them:
"Couldn't you have waited a few days with the abandonment [of the
"You appealed to the High Court. There is a culture when one appeals to the High Court, one waits for the hearing," he added.
Beinisch, Melcer and Justice Esther Hayut sat on the High Court panel
that convened Thursday to discuss the medical residents' petition to be
allowed to resign legally.
During a preliminary hearing on the petition last month Melcer had
recommended residents return to ‘focused’ negotiations with the Finance
Ministry in order to avoid a legal ruling on the petition, which the
justice warned would be “sharp.”
On Sunday, residents and state representatives told the High Court they
had had only three meetings of three hours each, and those had not