“I am resigning from the party with immediate effect. It is now impossible for me as a teacher to continue as a member of the party I have voted for in every election – Locally and nationally – Because I got the right to vote.”
It was written by Christopher Hansen, a teacher at Charlottenlund Secondary School in Trondheim. He posted the post on Facebook on Tuesday evening – shortly after the government chose to call off the teachers’ strike with the Compulsory Pay Board.
The strike was gradually withdrawn and lasted from June. When it ended, 8,000 teachers went on strike.
Many students have lost 30 school days due to the strike.
A broken promise
On Wednesday, Agnes Madre sent her resignation letter to the Labor Party.
– I sent a message this morning. They promised to invest in teachers. So for me it’s kind of a broken promise, says Matre, a teacher and shopkeeper at the Haj School in Haugesund.
He said the reason for his resignation was breach of promise.
– I was told that the cancellation has been registered and they have mentioned the reason.
It’s nice to be back in the classroom, but Madre says many at the teachers college have chosen to mark the day with a dress code.
– We are wearing black at school today, he says.
Hansen from Trondheim was not called to strike. But that doesn’t hurt him.
He believes government manipulation reinforces the unappreciated experience.
– What angers me most is that a Labor government is taking this action – in a conflict I believe is legal.
Hansen has been a member of the party for a total of ten years. He doesn’t hide that quitting won’t accomplish much.
– For my part, I point out that it is enough for now. I don’t think the app is good enough for those teachers either, and I generally think they’ve become more and more alienated from ordinary people.
– Thin base
The Trondheim teacher describes the basis for ending the strike as thin.
– Generally not interested in vulnerable students – that’s part of it. Another is salary – we lose purchasing power every year. We don’t really feel valued, says Hansen.
– What do you think about how students have been affected by the strike?
– I think the students in question have many similar issues in their daily lives. For some, isolation at home can worsen the situation – JI am not blind to it. But I think it should have been resolved in a different way. Parents also have certain responsibilities.
In the post, he wrote that he hoped Labor would immediately allocate money for teachers to receive additional training in psychology.
“Because the government now considers our work so important to the mental health of students, they are taking the step of intervening in a statutory labor dispute and ending up in a forced wages tribunal.”
– What should have been done – when the parties tried for so long without reaching an agreement?
– I think the government should take an effort for that. Instead of resorting to mandatory wage boards after external pressure, they should have come up with a solution, says Hansen.
Work to be done
The junior high school teacher won’t leave the app – He is also considering Leave work. And he is far from alone as far as he is concerned.
– There is a lot of anger among people now. Anyway, I can name 10-15 teachers in my work right now.
– In the future, state officials in particular have work to do. Fortunately, Tonje Brenna still admits it today.
On Wednesday morning, Education Minister Donje Brenna said the task of restoring confidence was enormous.
– Between politicians and teachers at all levels, but our entire system, from the school owner to the government to the individual classroom, must work together.
– I don’t think we should underestimate how demanding being a teacher is. I think it’s become more and more grotesque in recent years. So, we’re doing a number of things – both of which are about the demands placed on teachers from the outside, and I believe we need to look at what’s the least advantage of having teachers in the classroom.
– A sad day
Geir Tangen has been on strike at Havasen School in Haugesund since the first day of school after the summer holidays.
He characterizes the return to work after the mandatory wage board as “dark”.
– It’s black, it’s heavy, it’s frustrating. He says it is a dark and sad day for schools in Norway.
For Dangan, who is married to Madre, the teachers’ strike is about pay, but it’s also about school quality.
– When we have a shortage of nurses, we don’t hire nurses without nursing training. When you have a shortage of dentists, you can’t hire a car mechanic. You can do that in a Norwegian school, he says.
He pointed out that the conflict between teachers and KS was not resolved.
– The problems in Norwegian schools are as big today as they were yesterday. The only difference is that the teacher is back in the classroom.
But Dangan gets a lump in his throat when he talks about meeting the students again.
– I have no problem meeting them warmly with a big smile. And the embrace is sincere. But my boss has zero patience.
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