Luxembourg -Conciliation between teachers and education ministry fails -June 24, 2015

Trade unions resist proposed budget cuts; changing a progressive cut in teaching hours of teachers over 45 into an obligation to fill these hours with other duties, such as tutoring of pupils and mentoring of young teachers.

The conciliation between the ministry of education and teachers unions, has collapsed. In a dispute over education reforms, reported in the January newsletter, trade unions resisted proposed budget cuts from the first announcement of the plans late 2014. The proposals aimed to cut costs, amongst others by changing a progressive cut in teaching hours of teachers over 45 into an obligation to fill these hours with other duties, such as tutoring of pupils and mentoring of young teachers. During the conciliation talks the ministry withdrew the most controversial proposal, to cut teachers’ salaries during exam periods, yet several other measures remained. Trade unions Féduse, Apess and SEW have recommended to members to vote against the deal. The effect of the failure of the conciliation talks is unclear. The ministry plans to follow the deal reached in the last meeting but refuses to continue with further talks, accusing the unions of agreeing on issues in private and slamming them in public. Trade unions have announced strike action for September.

English: http://www.wort.lu/en/politics/meisch-aims-for-july-deal-teacher-unions-threaten …    

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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