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High School Teachers Strike; Allon Urges Them to Return; Negotiations Continue

Acting Premier Yigal Allon urged striking high school teachers today to return to their classrooms and “show national responsibility,” The 5000 teachers walked out today after an all night negotiating session failed to settle a long standing wage dispute between their union and the Ministry of Education. The Ministry concedes that the teachers are underpaid. The Finance Ministry however opposes a major wage hike for teachers on grounds that it would snowball among other groups and lead to serious pressures for inflationary wage increases. The teachers’ union emphasized that it will continue to maintain contact with the Ministry of Education and try to find a solution to their wage demands. Meanwhile, some 120,000 high school students milled in the streets till early hours of this morning enjoying the free time available to them.