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Junior faculty at Israeli universities and colleges have declared a strike against pay and substandard working conditions, set for October 30. The one-day strike, which will take place on the first day of the new academic year, was announced yesterday by the Forum of Junior Faculty.

The 9,300 faculty members represented by the organization teach half of the classroom hours in Israeli universities and colleges. The strike is a protest against general working conditions and lack of progress in negotiation of conditions with the Committee of University Presidents.

Junior faculty is demanding an end to conditions which they describe as similar to those of contract workers, with no employment security. Junior academic staff are employed on a semester-by-semester basis, with no long-term contracts, the Forum said. The demands also include an allocation of NIS 60 million to improve working conditions and professional development opportunities for junior academic staff.

Disruptions will continue until a new agreement on working conditions is reached with the Committee of University Presidents. The Forum's announcement follows that of National Student Union chairman Itzik Shmuli on Monday, that the Student Union was also considering striking over conditions of contract workers on university campuses and in solidarity with medical residents.