Teachers considering violating court order forcing them to work

Ran Erez, head of the Secondary School Teachers' Union, said that the National Labor Court's decision to ban teachers from striking at the beginning of the school year was tainted by political considerations and hurt the teachers' basic right to fight for the conditions of their employment, Israel Radio reported Wednesday morning. Erez said he was considering instructing the union's teachers to strike despite the court's decision. Earlier, Eli Cohen, the Treasury's wages director, offered Erez to hold last minute negotiations on the teachers' demands.