High school students set to strike today

Initially, the strike was intended to last only one day, but Batito said Sunday that if no resolution were found by Tuesday evening, it would extend into Wednesday.

May 3, 2016 02:26
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High school students from both the Jewish and Arab-Israeli sectors participate in the Debating Matters tournament. (photo credit: ODED KARNI)


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High school students throughout the country are set to go on strike Tuesday, according to the National Student and Youth Council.

The council called the strike to protest both the cancellation of all extracurricular activities, including school field trips, by the Secondary School Teacher’s Association, whose members are protesting against the Education Ministry over working conditions, as well as the strike by driving examiners since March.

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“The strike is only an additional step, but it is not the last step,” council chairman Eliav Batito declared at a press conference in Tel Aviv earlier this week.

“It seems as though there are 750,000 youth who have been forgotten by the State of Israel, by the various worker’s unions or by government offices,” Batito said.

Initially, the strike was intended to last only one day, but Batito said Sunday that if no resolution were found by Tuesday evening, it would extend into Wednesday.

“We are not against workers’ committees or against the government offices, but we are calling for a change in the way labor disputes are managed in this country,” he said.

The council added that it would hold a joint protest together with striking driving examiners outside the Transportation Ministry in Jerusalem at 12:30 on Tuesday. It also announced that, on the days of the strike, it would hold field trips for students throughout the country in collaboration with the Society for the Protection of Nature.

The Education Ministry sought to avert the strike, announcing Sunday evening that it had appealed to the court system to issue a cease and desist order against the sanctions by secondary-school teachers.

“We have no idea why the field trips and extracurricular activities have been canceled,” the ministry said in a statement.

According to the ministry, the teachers signed an agreement committing themselves to “industrial quiet” until August 31, 2017. As such, they had no legitimate reason to cancel the field trips, it said.

The ministry called the cancellation of field trips a hard blow to students, who will miss out on important educational opportunities, including activities planned for Holocaust Remembrance Day, Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars, a nd Independence Day.

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