After four weeks of deserted schools, the government is expected to intervene
in the teachers’ conflict today, with intervention due to be announced later
this morning, according to media reports.
Danmarks Radio says that government intervention is to be pushed through
Parliament quickly, so that teachers will be able to resume work on Monday.
The emergency legislation will require Parliament to convene during the
upcoming public holiday.
According to Politiken, senior cabinet ministers met late last night to
discuss intervention, with the cabinet having been called in this morning
and the Social Democratic parliamentary group has been called in for a group
meeting at 9 a.m.
News of the likelihood of intervention in the teachers’ conflict came
following an announcement that the government and opposition have agreed on
the second tranche of the government’s Growth Package, which includes a
reduction in corporate tax from 25 per cent to 22 per cent.
A majority for intervention in the teachers’ conflict will require support
from the opposition. The Liberal Party is expected to join the government
and vote in favour.
The government move is to be presented at 10 a.m. this morning by Prime
Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
The teachers’ conflict, which has left schools deserted for some four weeks
now, has affected some 875,000 pupils. Teachers were locked out following
the breakdown of pay and condition negotiations with Local Government
Denmark, which is the association of local councils in Denmark.
The parties to the conflict both said this morning that they welcome
“The positive thing is that the lockout stops. The grotesque thing is that it
has lasted for a month” says Teacher Union Chairman Anders Bondo
Local Government Denmark Chairman Michael Ziegler says he is relieved,
although he would have preferred a negotiated settlement.
“But it has become increasingly clear to me that a negotiated settlement would
have taken a long time. So I can fully understand that society has become
impatient with us, wants children back in school and wants intervention,”
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