Schools were shut countrywide in Israel after teachers went on strike on Thursday, for the second day in a row. All kindergartens, elementary schools, and ulpan language classes were canceled, and only special education schools held classes as per usual.
The demand that teachers’ pay needs to be raised is the Centrepoint of the ongoing strike led by the head of the elementary school teachers union Yaffa Ben-David.
“We have been negotiating with finance officials for six months, but have not yet received even one concrete proposal. I call once again on the Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman to come and sit down with the education minister, the director-general of the ministry, the person in charge of salaries, and with me tomorrow,” said Ben-David.
The union has been striking periodically over the past few weeks, with classes starting late or ending early on different days in different regions.
“We have been negotiating with the finance officials for six months, but we have not yet received even one concrete proposal,” said union head Yaffa Ben-David. “Today we see that the Finance Ministry has money, but it prefers to give it to summer camp operators rather than to the teaching staff who carry the education system on their shoulders.”
Ben-David has called on Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman to sit with her and the education minister on Thursday to reach a solution.