Urgent meeting: – The parties’ responsibilities

Urgent meeting: – The parties’ responsibilities
Urgent meeting: – The parties’ responsibilities

Education Minister Tonje Brenna (Ap) has called the parties in the teachers’ strike to a meeting today.

The meeting takes place at 2 pm in the ministry, according to Aftenposten.

If there is a compulsory wage board, that is the task of the Minister of Labour. Dagbladet has asked Labor Minister Marte Mjøs Persen (Ap) how likely it is for a compulsory wage board, following Brenna’s call.

– It is the parties who own the conflict and are responsible for resolving it, says Persen on Friday afternoon.

LABOR MINISTER: Marte Mjøs Persen (Ap). Photo: Nina Hansen / Dagbladet
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The deadlocked teachers’ strike has been going on for a long time, and it escalated most recently today. Another 300 to 400 teachers from the three striking teachers’ organizations will go on strike next week.

Most are from the Education Association, which has a total of 8,450 striking teachers from next week.

The teachers demand, among other things, a “school supplement” of NOK 10,300 from 1 May next year. The other party, KS, opposes this. They believe that the teachers cannot provide themselves with next year’s salary settlement already now, as 40 professional groups will get their piece of the cake.

The government: – High threshold

The strike is the longest ever, and the question has been how long the situation can go on without Brenna intervening and demanding a forced wage review.

Intervention can be taken in a conflict if it leads to danger to life or health, or has other serious social consequences. The Ministry of Labor stated on Thursday that they do not have a clear answer as to where that limit is.

– Authoritarian

So far, there has been a long way to a solution. The parties have had meetings, and the national mediator has been in contact with the Education Association, the Norwegian Association of Teachers and the National Association of Schools, and meetings have also taken place between the parties. But without luck.

Rødt’s Mimir Kristjansson told Dagbladet yesterday that it would be “authoritarian” if Brenna and the government intervened in the strike.

– It is the parties in working life who own the conflict and it is their responsibility to find a solution, says Minister for Employment and Inclusion, Marte Mjøs Persen to Dagbladet.

The article is in Norwegian

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