Teachers' union pauses strike

The announcement comes after teachers' union secretary-general Yaffa Ben David met with Finance Ministry representative Kobi Bar Natan.

A GROUP of junior high school students are demanding the government fulfill its educational duty to them.  (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
A GROUP of junior high school students are demanding the government fulfill its educational duty to them.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

The teachers' union will halt its strike in light of the request of Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton.

The announcement on Thursday night comes after teachers' union secretary-general Yaffa Ben David met on Thursday with Finance Ministry representative Kobi Bar Natan. A follow-up meeting has been scheduled for Sunday.

 Israeli teachers protest as they demand better pay and working conditions in Tel Aviv on May 30, 2022. (credit: TOMER NEUBERG/FLASH90) Israeli teachers protest as they demand better pay and working conditions in Tel Aviv on May 30, 2022. (credit: TOMER NEUBERG/FLASH90)

“We acceded to the request of the minister of education and decided to freeze the sanctions.”

Yaffa Ben David, teachers' union secretary-general

“We acceded to the request of the minister of education and decided to freeze the sanctions,” said Ben David. “I hope for continued substantive and honest negotiations with the commissioner for wages, and expect that the rest of the government and the political system will see the good of the system and understand that if we do not reach an agreement in the coming days, we will have to resume the struggle.”

Shasha-Biton congratulated Ben David for acceding to his request, as it “will allow children and teachers to end the school year in an orderly fashion and enjoy the variety of activities that await them in the coming week. I intend to continue to lead the rapid advancement of negotiations in order to strengthen the status of teachers, the recruitment of teaching staff and the orderly opening of the school year.”