Why do most teachers join unions

When will there be a strike and where?

In Berlin on the other hand, the employed teachers at the elementary schools are called to go on a full-day strike on Tuesday. In Bremen and Lower Saxony it can also start on Tuesday, also in North Rhine-Westphalia. The strikes there are to run alternately in all districts until Thursday. North Rhine-Westphalia did not have civil servants in a good fifth of the teachers. Hamburg is not a strike scene, there are holidays, Hesse does not belong to the collective bargaining community of the federal states, so does not sit at the negotiating table. In Brandenburg, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Schleswig-Holstein there are strikes in the second week of March at the earliest, also in Rhineland-Palatinate and in Saarland.

In which federal states are the strikes particularly noticeable?

The new federal states are particularly affected, where almost all teachers are employed. In Saxony want the unions to announce their strategy in on Thursday Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania there could be strikes on Wednesday in Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia on Tuesday. In these countries, lessons may not take place everywhere.

How many classes will the strike cut?

That mainly depends on how many teachers are actually employed in the respective federal state and therefore entitled to strike. Civil servants are not allowed to strike. Of course, it is also unclear how many of the teachers who are potentially entitled to strike actually go on strike in the end. In the vast majority of cases, only a few hours will be missed, while most of the lessons can be held by civil servant teachers. Ulf Rödde, spokesman for the GEW (Union for Education and Science) said, however Mirror onlinethat in Saxony, for example, schools were "definitely" closed on the day of the strike.

How long will the strikes last?

The trade unions GEW and Verdi have announced that there will be a strike until the next round of negotiations on March 16. However, the employed teachers will probably only go on strike on one day per federal state. Employees of the university clinics, coastal protection departments, road maintenance departments and state administrations are also called to go on warning strikes.

How can parents and students find out whether their own school is affected?

The GEW has largely communicated when which federal state will be on strike. How many teachers will respond to the strike call is uncertain and therefore also how many lessons will actually have to be omitted. It therefore makes the most sense to ask your own school directly what the plans for "Day X" look like there.

Can parents stay away from work to look after their children if school is canceled?

Labor rights expert Daniel Hautumm: "Basically, an employee is entitled to paid time off according to § 616 BGB if he is temporarily prevented from doing his job through no fault of his own BGB has not infrequently been excluded - this is permissible. If § 616 BGB is not excluded, the following applies:

A temporary hindrance can also be that the child has to stay at home due to a strike in daycare or school. Here, however, a distinction must be made as to whether it was not reasonable for the parents to spontaneously find a replacement (for example in the event of a strike that had been announced for a long time) to look after the child. This means that it also depends on whether and how soon the strike was announced. The more time parents have to find a replacement, the sooner they will have to show up at work. But if it's only a day or two, it might be too spontaneous. "

When it comes to the question of whether parents get paid leave, the age of the children is of course also relevant. The employer could argue that older children could stay at home alone. What applies in any case: If parents want to / have to stay at home because of the teachers' strike, you should communicate this to the employer at an early stage.