Largest onderwijsstaking in years: ‘Actions are very well monitored, also management discontinue”


Grootste onderwijsstaking in jaren: ‘Acties heel goed opgevolgd, ook directies staken mee'

Striking teachers in the province of Limburg

The onderwijsstaking shows his effect not to be missed in some of the provinces of Antwerp, Limburg and Flemish Brabant. Also in the Brussels elementary education discontinues the vast majority of the teachers. ‘The bucket is clear of the overflow’, report for trade unions.

The onderwijsstaking of Wednesday in Antwerp about two in three elementary schools from the urban education affected. In secondary education, according to the dome, in principle, all schools open. However this does not mean that the lessons there are also effective continue, since there may be quite a few teachers strike. In Mechelen is the stakingsbereidheid especially in the catholic education is very large.

Also in the province of Flemish-Brabant to speak to the trade unions as a success. Vakbondssecretaris Gert Scheepmans (GCPS) has know of 23 schools that have remained closed, and not care. “We notice between the various educational systems is no difference in the extent to which the strike is followed up,” he says. ‘The onderwijsstaking is in Flemish Brabant very well followed. Where the schools still open were, lessons are disturbed because a number of teachers absent remained. Our message to government is very clear.’

In the Limburgse schools, there is also a success. In the GO! District 14 Maasland is even almost half of the schools are closed remained.

In Brussels, cease even to eighty percent of the teachers of the primary school. But also at the Free University of Brussels, for instance, an stakingspiket. “I know that there in Molenbeek at least one local school to close, in other schools of the municipal net is care provided by municipal employees. In the GO! there is also a great willingness and the care provided by the people that do not cease. Additionally, there are a lot of directors who cease, ” says Frédérique Dupont, regiosecretaris GCPS Education.

Many reasons

The Christelijke Onderwijscentrale (COC), explains the success of the strike by ‘the many reasons that there are to strike’: of not fulfilled promises in connection with the pension up to the increased workload, the lack of public participation in the implementation of the modernisation, the loopbaandebat that with a damp squib threatens to walk, the question of the appropriate diplomavereisten that are slowly released are likely to be to the problems around the (un)attractiveness of the job. “Those are all reasons to work to put down’, says Koen Van Kerkhoven, secretary-general of the COC.

“The bucket is overflowing,” Marnix Heyndrickx, chairman of the VSOA-Onderwijs. “The educators buckling under the increased pressure of work and reforms of all kinds. Among young people leads to a drop in the elderly to resignation or depression and burn-out. Just look at the figures of absenteeism. I suggest this strike a huge willingness to strike.’

Marianne Coopman, secretary general of the Christian Onderwijzersverbond, says that the Flemish government with the necessary investments over the bridge. “There should be invested instead of more on education to save. In addition, we also provide for workable work, because, by the M-decree, by the diversity and the zorgdruk grows the need for more supervision and more operational resources.’

Also management discontinue

Also Nancy Libert, secretary general of Acod Education determines that the stakingsbereidheid large. “We see that the stakingsbereidheid in the different provinces between 50 and 75 percent. Certainly, in the primary runs that willingness to 75 percent. Also many boards to know that they are participating in the strike, ” says Libert.

“What most worries, is that the teachers are not the zorgnoden able to comply, both because of the M-decree, but also because many other children with special needs sit. And a second complaint is that often recurs in the teaching staff is that the work and the private completely through each other. Many teachers complain that they are also at home a lot with schoolwork busy.”

Next government

The action is not so much a complaint at the address of the minister of Education Hilde Crevits (CD&V), but focuses in the first place, to the government after the elections of may 26, the power will come.

“We give a warning to the next minister of Education,” says Heyndrickx of the liberal union VSOA. ‘All education services cease: there have been many boards indicated that they will participate, and also CLB’s and administrative staff put the work down.’