Striking Schoolteachers in Israel Ask for Neutral Mediation

Representatives of 1,500 striking high school teachers today called for the appointment of a “neutral” commission to help mediate their strike.

The strike, in its sixth day, was called to support demands for wage increases to bring the teachers’ salaries up to the level of government employed engineers, architects and other professionals.

The National Teachers Association, which opposed the strike, again asked the high school teachers to return to their classrooms. Similar appeals were issued by the Mayors of Holon and Bat Yam, who asked that the teachers resume classes “out of consideration” for the many immigrant children in their towns.

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