In light of ongoing dispute with the Finance Ministry regarding salaries of Israeli high school teachers, the Teacher’ Association has declared a strike in high schools on Sunday.
High school teachers to strike on Sunday Photo credit: Nati Shohat/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News
Today (Friday), the Israeli Teachers’ Association announced that it intends to hold a general strike in high schools on Sunday. According to the association, the one-day strike is a warning due to the “procrastination and lack of progress made by the Ministries of Finance and Education in the wage agreement negotiations in high schools.”
“The state needs to stop burying its head in the sand and invest in the future of teaching and the future of Israel’s students,” stated the association’s chairman Ran Erez. According to the Education Ministry, the negotiations are continuing so as to ensure that “teachers in Israel receive a salary commensurate with their professional status.” Two weeks ago, the association declared a labor dispute after the Finance Ministry offered to raise the teachers’ salaries only by 60 shekels (17 dollars) per month.
“For several months, the Finance Ministry has been conducting negotiations to raise the salaries of teachers in order to improve their employment conditions at the start of their careers,” the ministry responded. “It should be emphasized that these teachers earn about a third of the salaries of veteran teachers- one of the largest gaps of the OECD countries. The Teachers’ Association refuses to reduce this gap and is instead taking aggressive measures. A large number of proposals were offered but were all rejected.”