Denmark -Dispute over teachers‘ agreement -March 28, 2013

The trade union KTO does not want to approve the collective bargaining agreement agreed to with KL, the national association of local councils, last month unless KL changes its tune in the on-going negotiations with teachers. The teachers’ union, Danmarks Lærerforening (DL), is pleased that KTO has decided to step in on its behalf. The approval of the collective bargaining agreement had been expected to be just a formality after it was originally agreed upon on 16 February. The agreement included a general wage increase of 1.97% complimented with an additional 0.25% increase for employees within certain areas. The negotiations between the teachers and KL have collapsed because of a disagreement concerning the teachers’ work hours. KL has threatened to lock out the country’s 52,000 teachers starting April 2.



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