Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Teachers stage 20-mile long protest

Danish teachers formed a 20-mile line during a dispute over conditions (AP)

Thousands of Danish teachers have formed a 20-mile line between two cities to protest at being locked out of schools for a week by local authorities in a dispute.

The Danish Teachers Union says that 6,000 teachers lined up along the main road between Copenhagen and Roskilde to demonstrate against a decision by employers to shut schools after negotiations over working hours broke down on April 1.

The lockout shut out 52,000 teachers affecting some 875,000 pupils at most of the country's primary and secondary schools.

No details of the talks were given but teachers' representatives have said the union rejected a new deal as part of sweeping school reforms.

There was no information about more talks but it was widely believed the government would step in to force a solution.

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