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(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The National Labor Court ruled the proposed teachers' strike unlawful on Tuesday night, ensuring that all schools began the academic year on Wednesday despite prior fears.
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The Education Ministry asked the National Labor Court on Tuesday evening to
issue an injunction against the Secondary Schools Teachers Association,
following the organization’s surprise declaration of a one-day general strike in
the secondary school system a day before the new school year was set to
officials and the union met Tuesday night to try to reach an agreement
that would stave off the strike, which would affect junior high and high school
The Secondary Schools Teachers Association had stated that the
strike is in response to the government’s decision not to renew the teachers’
collective labor agreements.
Earlier Tuesday, the Education Ministry
called the union’s decision to strike “irresponsible and infuriating,” and
called on students to report to school on Wednesday as scheduled.
decision by the teachers union to hold a strike on the opening day of the new
school year, which they announced less than a day before the school year starts,
is an infuriating and irresponsible decision that harms the students,” the
ministry said, in a statement.
“There is no truth to the statement that
the Education Ministry and the Finance Ministry have refused to hold
negotiations on the wage agreement. Negotiations are ongoing with the teachers’
union and the next meeting is scheduled for Thursday. To our distress, the union
has rejected all of the generous proposals made in the negotiations,” the
The Education Ministry said that junior high school
teachers already have a salary agreement under the New Horizons plan.
ministry added that the government believes that “the decision to hold a
in the junior high schools is of suspect legality and a lack of good
violates the verdict given by the National Labor Court a year
According to Education Ministry statistics, some 1,529,000 students
are scheduled to start school in 57,800 classrooms, up from 1,502,400
last year, respectively. In addition, the number of educational staff
increased to 131,000 from 128,000 last year.JPost.com staff contributed to this report.