At the end of a marathon High Court of Justice hearing on Thursday back to work, a panel of three justices gave medical residents an ultimatum: either agree to talks with the Finance Ministry within 72 hours, or respond to the National Labor Court over the state's request to make those doctors who have resigned subject to contempt of court orders.
At the end of the hearing, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch made it clear that negotiations would not be conducted unless residents go back to work, and said that residents should consider both whether they are willing to return to both their jobs and the negotiating table.
If the residents decide to press ahead with negotiations, they are expected to return to their regular duties on Sunday morning. However, if they refuse to do so, they have been ordered to file their official response to the National Labor Court over the state's request for contempt of court orders.
Medical residents had petitioned the High Court against a National Labor Court ruling ordering them to go back to work, after the court found their mass resignations constituted an illegal strike.