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(photo credit: Piotr Fliter/Ramban Medical Center)
In a unanimous ruling, the National Labor Court issued an injunction on Sunday morning ordering 1,000 residents who signed letters of resignation to report to work as usual.
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The court ruled that the resignations signed by the residents are illegal and therefore invalid. "Failure to report to work as stated will constitute an unauthorized abandonment of their jobs by the workers, and will be subject to the appropriate consequences," the court ruled.
The nonprofit Mirsham group, which means prescription and represents 800 medical
residents had already predicted that the court would deem the resignations illegal on Saturday. “After the
hearing and what I heard went on, we believe that they are going to decide
against us, but I hope not,” Yaniv Yogev, a lawyer and CEO of Mirsham, told The
on Saturday night. “If they decide against us I strongly believe
that the decision will be overruled in the Supreme Court.”
a very slippery slope. Each doctor signed a personal letter of
resignation,” Yogev said. “Forcing them to go to work – that’s
The Health Ministry had on Wednesday
called the resignations “invalid,” requiring the residents to report to work,
while the initial state petition had decided that the moves “could cause severe
harm to members of the public.”
While the courts “are trying to look at
the resignation as a strike,” Yogev argued that in reality, “it’s not a
collective resignation, but everybody resigned together.”
“They will try
to say it’s a collective resignation and therefore that it’s a strike, and a
strike is illegal,” he explained.
“We will consider trying to replace them – trying to form an
organization intending to represent the young residents who are misrepresented,”
Yogev said. “We wanted to work with the IMA, but they’re not letting us. They
didn’t let us be part of the negotiations, or have a say.”