– Two years after having signed a first collective agreement, on 13 February 2013 Maan signed a second collective agreement with the management of the Musrara School of Art, which employs 70 teachers.
– Maan signed a first collective agreement with the School of Visual Theatre in Jerusalem, which employs 25 teachers, in October 2012.
– In parallel, 180 teachers and technical team personnel from the Minshar School of Art in Tel Aviv formed an association and elected a committee. Negotiations have been taking place over the past two months with Minshar’s management.
Until the agreement was signed with the School of Visual Theatre, teachers were employed as freelancers and fired at the end of every school year. Some worked like that for more than 20 years. The agreements guarantee teachers worker-employer relations and unbroken employment with social conditions. This was also the case before the first signature with the Musrara School. The agreements were signed in partnership with the elected staff committees affiliated with Maan.
Regarding the agreement with the Visual Theatre School, Teachers Committee member Amit Drori says: “This is a historical agreement that establishes new norms in relations between teachers and the school for the first time in its 25-year existence. A significant portion of the agreement is based on the understanding that we are professionals and that we need security and formal arrangements in order to give our maximum without compromising creative freedom. The collective agreement reflects a mature relationship between teachers and the school”.
Gaston Tzvi Itzkovitch, the chairperson of the Teachers Committee in Musrara , explains the importance of the second agreement signed with the School: “The second agreement establishes long-standing relations between teachers and the employer and expresses continued confidence of the management in the teachers, as well as of the teachers in the management, in which both sides are committed to the school’s success”.