Teachers’ Strike in Norway Grows in Scale

The strike will be stepped up, despite the talks between the teachers union and KS, municipal sector’s organization on Thursday.

Central Board Member and action leader of the union, Kolbjørg Ødegaard justified that there has been little progress in reconciliation talks so far, even though both parties have said that they want to end the strike soon.

– We have not yet gotten a clear signal from KS that there is reason to stop the strike. We have plans for the next phase of the strike, says Ødegaard to NRK.

Education Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen notes thousands of children and young people could not start school due to the strike. “At worst, even those who started school on Monday will be gradually affected. It is a new phase and it says something about seriousness and responsibility that lies on the parties to reach a solution as quickly as possible, says he.

He also adds that the consequences of the strike is still not big enough for the government to intervene.

– There is a limit for how long a strike can last. It may have civil protection and other vital public interests to change, but we are not at the border. Preliminary, we have to say that this is a lawful strike. But if the strike is prolonged, it may be a problem which the government can be involved, he says.

Here is the list of the schools affected by the strike

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