Teachers Union announces brief strike for next week, threatens further measures

Gavriel Fiske is a reporter at The Times of Israel

Secondary School Teachers’ Association chair Ran Erez speaks during a State Control Committee meeting at the Knesset, August 15, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Secondary School Teachers’ Association chair Ran Erez speaks during a State Control Committee meeting at the Knesset, August 15, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The High School Teachers Union announces a two-hour strike, to take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. next Wednesday, May 15.

In a statement, union head Ran Erez says the action is in response to a push by the Knesset Finance Committee to initiate individual contracts for teachers for next year, instead of a collective salary agreement.

This move is an effort to “transform teachers into contractor employees… the first step in the privatization of the education system,” Erez claims in a Facebook post on the union’s page.

In a separate statement, the union says that if the matter is not resolved, it will continue “low-key” strikes until the end of the school year, in order to not disrupt graduations and other activities, but will prepare to “not start the school year” in the fall, a threat of a full walk-out.

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