Norway's teachers may strike again

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Norwegian schools face closure again as teachers may vote against the new agreement. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix
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Teachers in Norway could strike again after skepticism was shown to the new agreement which saw an end to the disruption at schools across the country.

Some teachers via social media are showing scepticism to the agreement teachers unions made with KS last week. Members of the Union of Education will vote for or against the new agreement on Thursday.

The 11 week long teacher strike is formally over if Thursday's vote goes with the new agreement. If there is a majority of "no" votes, new strike action is likely to start.

A public Facebook group with over 30,000 union members, is trying to encouage teachers to vote against the new working hour agreement.

Ålesund teacher Iris Hjeltne said to NRK before the vote: “I am still a bit unsure.”

Hjeltne believes many are also unsure and many want more information on what they are about to agree on. She believes it is necessary to read the agreement closely before she makes up her mind.

She said: “I am sceptical to the salary ladder. I am sceptical to local negotiations,and I am sceptical to the municipal economy being more significant to the schools than it already is.”

Many teachers agree with Hjeltne. An active member of the Facebook group “Arbeidstidsforhandlingene” (The Working Time Negotiations) wrote: “Vote NO in the initial voting. The agreement is not good enough.

Another member received 166 likes on the Facebook website when she demanded a central agreement: “So I vote NO.”

One member is keen to end the strike action and wrote on the website: “We must calm down and get our job done.”
The Union of Education Norway will not give comment and said it is up to their members to decide.
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The members of the Union of Education can vote from Thursday 8am until 8pm on September 9th. The result of the vote will be published on September 10th. It will then be clear whether the schools of Norway will face another teachers strike or not.

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