Teachers may use sick days to strike

Unlikely that order to return to class will be heeded; university heads reject request to return tuition.

University 224.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
University 224.88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
Secondary school teachers do not plan on returning to schools on Monday if ordered by the National Labor Court to do so, and may even use sick days as justification for not ending the month-and-a-half-long strike, chairmen of high school committees said Sunday. The National Labor Court, which was due to on Sunday night to announce whether teachers would receive orders to return to work the following morning, had yet to make their decision known to the public by press time. The Secondary School Teachers Organization (SSTO) threatened to file a complaint at the High Court of Justice if the teachers were forced to return to work on Monday. Meanwhile, 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 cancelling the semester and therefore funds would not be returned. The Student Union at the Hebrew University plans to lock its campus on Monday in a show of solidarity with senior lecturers who were striking over wage increases.