High schools remain shutdown; lecturers say universities won't open Sunday

October 17, 2007 20:41


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High schools and most junior high schools will remain closed in Thursday as the Secondary Schools Teachers Organization enters its eight day of the strike over wages and working conditions. The Finance and Education Ministries have continued to call on the union to accept already existing wage agreements and to end the strike. Negotiations between government officials and the union will continue Thursday morning at the Education Ministry offices in Tel Aviv. Negotiations will also be held between Education Ministry officials and the Senior Lecturers Union, which represents Israel's university professors, on Thursday morning. The union announced this week it would not open the 5768 academic year next Sunday because a collective wage agreement has been missing for lecturers since 2001 while wages have eroded significantly in the intervening years.

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