The Senior Lecturers Union (SLU) has decided to enlist all non-state funded programs in
the strike beginning next Sunday, the organization said Thursday night.
"I am not surprised by the short-sighted behavior of Finance Ministry officials, but from
the education minister [Yuli Tamir], a professor in Israel, I would have expected more
responsible treatment which would have solved the crisis," SLU head Prof. Tzvi Hacohen
said in a statement after a late evening meeting with Finance Ministry officials.
Hacohen told The Jerusalem Post earlier Thursday that they are considering bringing in
the students as well.
"There is lots of talking but only nominal negotiating. We are considering intensifying
the strike by enlisting the students. The students will understand how important this
is," he said at a rally of senior lecturers outside the Treasury to protest the lack of
funding for basic research.
The defense establishment will not be included in the strike however, the SLU said.