Striking teachers spared injunction

Court gives SSTO until 3 p.m. to respond to gov't offer, Hebrew University students lock campus.

teachers demo 224 88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
teachers demo 224 88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
The National Labor Court did not issue an injunction forcing striking secondary school teachers back to work Sunday night but ordered the Secondary School Teachers Organization (SSTO) to respond to the latest government proposal by 3 p.m. The court gave the state until 11 p.m. Monday to submit the details of its offer, which includes a salary increase, reduced class sizes and additional working hours. The SSTO had threatened to file a complaint at the High Court of Justice if the teachers were forced to return to work on Monday. Meanwhile, the Student Union at the Hebrew University locked its campus on Monday in a show of solidarity with senior lecturers who were striking over wage increases. On Sunday, the Conference of University Presidents rejected a request made by the Student's Association to return tuition fees already paid by students that covered classes which were not being taught for 36 days. According to the CUP, it was still too early to consider canceling the semester and therefore funds would not be returned.