Histadrut chairman threatens strike if teachers conflict not resolved

October 28, 2007 18:24

If the government does not resolve the crisis with the striking school teachers, the Histadrut Labor Organization will declare a general strike, Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini said Sunday afternoon, adding that he would present his own draft of a possible labor agreement that would be centered around wage increases in return for extra teaching hours. In a press conference held in Tel Aviv, Eini said that in recent days he had worked hard to put together the draft as a basis for negotiations. The draft,which was comprised of four major points, would provide for a 26% increase in high-school teachers' wages, he said. Eini said that he had presented the draft to Secondary School Teachers Organization head Ran Erez, who "expressed readiness to adopt the outline, and announced that if the finance minister and the education minister accepted the draft, then the strike would end immediately and the two sides would begin negotiations."

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