The Ministry of Education said Monday that the partial strike announced by the Middle and High School Teachers' Organization is an illegal one, and that it contravenes verdicts of the National Labor Court.
The Ministry noted that the Court verdicts forbade the teacher's organization from taking any kind of organized steps regarding the implementation of the “Ofek Chadash” (New Horizon) reforms in the middle schools.
The Middle and High School Teachers' Organization said it would go on strike in ten middle schools because of what they said were illegal pay deductions from teachers' salaries. The teachers from the organization said that the Ministry had cut their pay because they refused to comply with the Ofek Chadash program.
The middle schools that are to strike Tuesday include schools in Kiryat Ono, Kfar Manda, Yokneam, Kiryat Ata, Kiryat Bialik, Nahariya, Kiryat Shemona and Beit Jan.