Chaos in the education system: Teachers' union suspend Thursday classes in schools and kindergartens

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by Ifi Reporter Category:Government Jun 23, 2022

Chaos in the education system: The teachers' union suspend classes on Thursday, although the Ministry of Finance tried to break the expected strike. The local government tried throughout Wednesday to open the education frameworks on Thursday and even threatened the assistants in the kindergartens that they would not be paid if they did not come, but a number of cities announced one after another that they would not open the kindergartens eventually. The regional government, which unites the regional councils, has also announced that the educational frameworks will not be opened - and from now on it will focus its efforts on opening the schools this coming Sunday. The teachers' union, we emphasize, announced that although no classes are being held, the graduation parties will take place as usual.
The chaos in the education system began on Wednesday afternoon following the initiative of Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman to break the teachers' strike and open the kindergartens with assistants only, and to start the summer frameworks as early as Sunday. Although Minister Lieberman worked in coordination with the local government and the parents' leadership, he acted behind the back of Education Minister Yifat Shasha Bitton, who supports teachers. Later, Histadrut chairman Arnon Bar-David announced that assistants would not come to work if the teachers and kindergarten teachers did not do so - thus effectively preying on the cards.
Following Bar-David's announcement, the heads of the authorities convened an emergency discussion in which they considered solutions, and the local government even distributed a letter to the heads of the local authorities stating that assistants who do not come to work before July 1 will not be paid. In the letter, the local government emphasized that the Histadrut chairman's announcement was unacceptable to him and even "contrary to collective agreements signed by the Histadrut." Will open.
Apart from the regional councils, the following authorities have announced that they will not open kindergartens tomorrow: Or Yehuda, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Bat Yam, Givatayim, Dimona, Holon, Haifa, Yeruham, Judea and Samaria (except Oranit), Jerusalem, Karmiel, Mevaseret Zion, Netanya, Rosh HaAyin , Rishon Lezion, Rehovot, Ramat Gan, Ramat Hasharon, Raanana, Tel Aviv. The Jerusalem municipality even explained that the Histadrut does not allow the kindergartens to open without the presence of an educator, and therefore the studies will not be opened even though preparations have been made for this. Givatayim Mayor Ran Konik wrote that "the assistants are between a rock and a hard place and feel welcome," so he finally decided not to open the gardens tomorrow.
There are also authorities that have not stated what they will do tomorrow, and parents will be updated on a point-by-point basis in front of the educational institution where their children study. In Petah Tikva, for example, they plan to try and open most of the parks through private operators. Even in the regional councils, as mentioned, the studies were waived. The regional government center said that "the strike of the teachers' union in the education system is preoccupying us and we are trying in every way to find an arrangement that will allow parents, work and children a quality educational framework. It is not a simple craft - and very complex.
"The heads of the regional councils fully support the demand to improve the salaries of education workers. The salaries of those in charge of training our children for the future deserve to rise and do not meet the responsibilities and skills required of them. But at the same time, we are aware that We are having a very hard time finding suitable arrangements.
"At the moment, the conditions do not allow the educational frameworks to operate tomorrow. And we are preparing for the opening of classes this coming Sunday, through education supporters and other staff. Local authorities, parents and children have become hostages of the struggle between the Histadrut and the Ministry of Finance. "They are the first to deal with the harm to the residents."
The councils called on the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Education and the heads of the Teachers' Union to meet immediately to resume negotiations and find an arrangement. "We will continue to look for appropriate arrangements that will enable the operation of quality frameworks for children," they noted.
The secretary general of the Teachers' Union, Yaffa Ben-David, said tonight that "we have been negotiating with the finance officials for six months, but we have not yet received even one concrete proposal. Today we see that the treasury has money, "They carry the education system on their shoulders. In these actions, the Treasury exacerbates the crisis in the education system, and accelerates the abandonment of female and male teaching staff.
Ben-David thanked the Histadrut chairman for instructing kindergarten assistants not to replace kindergarten teachers on Sunday and in the schools of the Great Freedom as they tried to promote in the Ministry of Finance, and once again asked Lieberman to meet in person with Education Minister Yifat Shasha Bitton and the Ministry of Finance. The teachers said that "the representatives are ready to sit until white smoke comes out, and hope that on Thursday the finance minister will instruct the finance officials to finally arrive with payroll tables and concrete proposals for pay raises for all civil service teaching staff."
Following Bar-David's announcement, it will be recalled that the chairman of the local government, Haim Bibbs, convened the heads of the authorities for an emergency discussion and said that he would not allow the Histadrut to disable the frameworks. We will make sure to allow the children to continue a safe routine. Our first commitment is to take care of the safety and well-being of the children. Although we justify the struggle of teachers to improve and support their employment conditions, this is not our way. The local government strives to find the most appropriate solutions, which will allow for a continuation of routine for the children and parents. "
Despite Bibbs' remarks, and despite the local government's decision not to pay wages to assistants who will not come, many municipalities have decided not to open the parks tomorrow.

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