The negotiators in the state sector sign an agreement about working hours which will become part of the collective agreement
The celebrations had only barely stopped on January 4th 2021, before the parties in the state sector for teachers signed the draft for the agreement about working hours which they had been negotiating for months.
The parties – The Danish Employees and Competence Agency representing the employers and the Teachers’ Central Organization representing the employees – have held countless meetings and spent countless hours transferring the agreement about working hours, which was adopted by the teachers in the municipal primary and lower secondary schools (Folkeskolen) in September, to the state sector and thus to the independent schools. They succeeded, and their efforts ultimately resulted in the agreement that was signed on January 4th.
The teachers in the municipal primary and lower secondary schools (Folkeskolen) adopted the agreement as a separate agreement, whereas the new agreement in the state sector will be part of the collective bargaining that will start in March.
This means that you, as a member, will not vote for or against the agreement as a separate agreement. It will become part of the collective agreement, for or against which you will vote in early spring. If the new agreement is adopted by membership ballot, it will regulate your working hours as of the school year 2022/2023.
The Teachers' Union for Danish Independent Schools encourages the union representatives to inform the members about the contents of the new agreement about working hours.
The main points of the new agreement
The new agreement replaces Law 409 which has regulated the working-hour rules for teachers at independent schools since the lockout in 2013.
The agreement improves the teachers’ conditions in a number of ways:
- The teachers and – especially – the union representative must be involved when the school plans the teachers’ working hours.
- The school must create a statement of performed working hours four times per year.
- The teachers must receive their task list no later than five weeks before the school year begins.
- In the task list, the school management must include an estimate of the preparation time for each individual teacher, and all tasks with an expected duration of more than 60 hours during the school year must be included in the task list.
- New rules will be introduced, which will protect the teachers when planned working hours are changed.
- A fixed piecework agreement will be introduced for camps, study trips and other excursions with overnight accommodation. Unless anything else has been agreed locally, you will get paid 17.3 working hours for every 24 hours of camp.
- Improved conditions for planning days off and work on weekends at the independent boarding schools (efterskoler) and primary and secondary boarding schools (kostskoler) will be introduced.