Due to labor dispute, teachers threaten to cancel trips

The Secondary School Teachers’ Association declared a labor dispute and threatens once again to cancel annual high school trips. The students in return are protesting against the decision. “We cannot allow for the students to suffer each time there is a dispute,” said the Vice Chairman of the National Student Council. “The recurring threat to cancel trips directly hurts the students.”
"Trips and culture are as important as final exams" Photo Credit: Adi Shov/Channel 2 News

Today (Sunday), the Israeli Ministries of Finance and Education filed an injunction with the National Labor Court in Jerusalem in an attempt to stop the Secondary School Teachers’ Association’s sanctions. The association reported a labor dispute and its decision to strike the annual trips as a result of the defaulted wages due since the beginning of the school year.

This past August, the Secondary School Teachers’ Association announced for the first time its intention to go on strike from the annual trips. Then, it was because of its fear of being sued in case a student was injured. However, after the students appealed to the courts, the annual trips were returned to the curriculum.

In the last few days, members of Israel's National Student and Youth Council joined the dispute. “We cannot allow for the students to suffer each time there is a dispute,” said Daniel Zelikovich, Vice Chairman of the National Student Council. “We support fair wages for teachers but the recurring threat to cancel trips directly hurts the students each time.”



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