Universities might remain closed Sunday

Professors claim negotiations with the Finance Ministry were "not progressing," threaten strike.

By HAVIV RETTIG GUR
October 16, 2007 23:28
Universities might remain closed Sunday

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University professors declared on Tuesday that they would not open the 5768 (2007-2008) academic year on Sunday because negotiations with the Finance Ministry were "not progressing." The Senior Lecturers Union has been threatening to strike for more than a month over wage erosion and the absence of a collective wage agreement since 2001. The Committee of University Presidents is also threatening not to open the universities on Sunday if the government does not implement the Shochat Committee recommendations for reforming the higher education system. The recommendations include the transfer of some NIS 300 million to the universities, funds university heads say are urgently needed to balance their budgets during the academic year.

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