ben gurion university building 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Junior faculty and lecturers from universities across the country will begin an
open-ended strike on Sunday, the first day of the spring semester, as part of an
ongoing dispute with the Committee of University Presidents over work
The open-ended strike is expected to cause large-scale
disruptions in classes beginning on Sunday. While senior professors and
lecturers will hold their classes as normal, the strike will cause widespread
cancellations of classes taught by junior faculty and lecturers.
strike will begin Sunday at Tel Aviv University, The Hebrew University of
Jerusalem and Bar-Ilan University.
On March 7, the University of Haifa
junior faculty members will join the strike, followed by those from the
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
on March 11.
The Coordinating Forum of Junior Academic Staff Associations
in Israel is asking for multi-year contracts for junior faculty, as well as
increases in their salaries and those of teachers’ assistants, greater
regulation in the awarding of grants and increased career advancement
opportunities for junior faculty.
Forum spokeswoman Hadar Nir said junior
faculty members, including doctors and other professors with many years of
experience, are striking in order to achieve a system wherein they have greater
She described the situation as one where junior faculty
members are employed for as little as three to eight months at a time, and are
not given long-term employment contracts that they can rely on.
announced the strike last Monday, after talks with the Committee of University
Presidents fell through. In response the committee said the forum “decided to
hurt university students without any justification.
ignores all of the agreements we have reached and as far as we are concerned,
they were repealed the minute the strike was declared.”