The 1,423 teachers who said two days ago that they would go on strike from Monday have already started the strike, while another 431 teachers have been warned that they will be evicted.
The fourth strike will begin from Wednesday next week.
– We love speed. Pressure must be increased on employers to come back to the negotiating table. Our aim is to end the strike as soon as possible. Primarily for students. That’s why we’ve chosen this strategy, Steffen Handel, president of the Swedish Education Association, tells VG, why they’re escalating the strike earlier. Previous notification It has become a reality.
Whether this strategy will bring KS, the employer side, back to the negotiating table is difficult for Handel to answer.
– So far, KS has shown little interest in returning.
If nothing happens before Wednesday, August 31, the 3,155 teachers in the education union will go on strike from that day.
Additionally, 31 members of the National Schools Association are already on strike, and 13 have already announced they will withdraw from Monday. The Norwegian Lecturers’ Association announced on Wednesday the withdrawal of 13 members. Earlier 30 members were on strike.
In the new selection for the education association, teachers were selected in schools in Bergen, Indre Østfold and Lillestrøm municipality and the district municipalities of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark, Trøndelag and Vestland. There are a total of 431 teachers in 22 higher secondary and higher secondary schools.
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Primary schools and nurseries are not excluded
Even now, teachers in primary schools and kindergartens are not on strike. Handal explains that this is based on an overall assessment and, among other things, about the fact that they want to protect younger students. However, the union leader can’t promise that it won’t happen later.
– I don’t want to rule anything out, he says.
I don’t want to answer if that is what it takes to field KS.
– I don’t want to assume what the other party thinks. I gave it up a long time ago. We are doing our best to get back to the negotiation stage. Handal says that our members’ desire is primarily to turn back to the students in the classroom, and continues:
– But we must have two thoughts in our heads at the same time: to ensure that salaries are commensurate with everyone, and at the same time to ensure that we can recruit and retain teachers for the future.
KS: Up to the Education Society
In an email to VG, KS’ labor director Tor Arne Gangsø writes that the education union’s escalation of the strike will make it harder for even more students to start school.
– It’s a big responsibility for children and young people to take on after two years of hard everyday school life during the pandemic.
When asked if KS would now consider resuming negotiations, Kangso replied:
– In the municipal sector, everyone has a collective agreement. KS negotiates simultaneously with LO, Unio, YS and Akademikerne. They represent 40 unions in 366 municipalities and districts. Together, we piece together a puzzle to solve the cross-cutting demands of employees and the wants and needs of municipalities. It became a comprehensive picture that everyone could eventually support, except for teacher organizations. They don’t agree with KS, they don’t agree with all other unions.
At the same time, they say that they can talk to the education union anytime, but it is the teachers’ organizations that should take the initiative to withdraw from the strike they have started.
– Then the national mediator should see if there is a basis for a dialogue. Our starting point is an agreement supported by all other unions and all municipalities and counties. So the room for maneuver is very small. “There has been good and constructive communication between the parties regarding the handling of the strike,” Kangso concludes.
In a press release Friday, the president of the Education Association is asking local and national politicians to come forward.
– Of course, they should not interfere in the salary solution, but they should go out on the pitch and say what kind of ambitions they have for the school – and who they think should be in the country’s classrooms and what kind of education they want. However, Handal says that every fifth teacher who teaches in schools does not have teacher training.
Politicians talk big in election campaigns, but when it comes down to it, the association believes schools are given low priority. Handal reports that this has led to a teacher crisis with a shortage of 16,400 teachers in Norwegian schools.
– Many schools are in need of highly qualified teachers. Handal says it’s time for politicians to step in and say how they will invest firmly in schools and students.
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