WAC addressed a letter to Israel Museum’s director on August 12, on behalf of 20 teachers working in the museum’s youth department
WAC addressed a letter to Israel Museum’s director on August 12, on behalf of 20 teachers working in the museum’s youth department. The letter calls the museum’s management to change the poor working conditions of the workers and to stop their discrimination as in comparison with the other 500 museum workers. WAC demanded that the teachers would receive the treatment they deserve by virtue of their experience, their contribution to the museum’s success and the custom existing in other art-teaching frameworks.
The letter was sent after some of the teachers initiated a meeting with Erez Wagner, WAC’s coordinator in Jerusalem, and Assaf Adiv, WAC’s GM. A sad picture arose from the workers’ stories. The main complaint concerned the instability of the teachers’ salaries. The salary is paid only for the months in which the teachers have courses, and so in the summer months they are left without pay. Another issue is that in contrary to the norms held in other art-teaching institutions in Israel, the teachers in the youth department do not get paid for the courses’ preparation hours. Furthermore, it was decided to raise the teaching hours from 45 to 60 minutes, in contrary to the custom in different teaching institutions, thus causing a worsening in the teachers’ working conditions.