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Still no Change at Midsommar

Published on Jun 23, 2014 Tags: , ,
The FAU Berlin continues to defend members dismissed by the Swedish School in Berlin. Parents still don’t know who will teach their children after the summer holidays.
The workplace conflict at the Swedish School in Berlin continues. As of June 20th none of the staff’s terminations have been retracted by the school and no one knows who will teach the children when the fall semester starts in August.

Two weeks after the beginning of the conflict, the school’s management is still not willing to negotiate with Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Berlin – contrary to what Swedish newspapers were told. Instead, the school's CEO, Lena Brolin, announced on June 16th that no staff would be rehired before the time period allowed for taking legal action against the school concerning the terminations had expired.

Therefore, on Friday the 20th of June, FAU Berlin staged another colorful picket outside the school/church building during the traditional Swedish Midsummer festivities. The picket took the form of a friendly and alternative midsummer celebration. “We informed visitors about the school’s appalling staff policy”, said Nina Matzek. The secretary of FAU Berlin added: “This includes the fact that staff members have been requested to forfeit their rights and to not file suit– apparently the dismissed workers are meant to believe that humbly begging is their only option. We will not stand for this.”

FAU Berlin is supported not only by concerned parents, but also by the Swedish grassroots union SAC which staged a protest against the mass dismissal on June 15th at the Bishops' Conference in Uppsala. The case is also being followed closely by the Swedish press. In order to maintain additional leverage, FAU Berlin decided to take legal action against the school on June 17th. FAU Berlin is prepared to withdraw its case if the school agrees to retract the terminations, as demanded by the Berlin grassroots union.

Since the beginning of June, FAU Berlin has been engaged in a workplace conflict with the Swedish School in Berlin, a Swedish overseas school. The grounds for this are the dismissal of all the members of teaching staff working at the school, among them FAU members. A first picket featuring the popular song “Kom igen Lena“ (“Come on Lena”) took place during school festivities on June 6th.

More photos are to find on the blog Arbetsplatskonflikten på Svenska Skolan i Berlin.

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