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Income protection for out-of-work teachers

Stuart Sheild · 9 May 2009, 12:04

Published: 09 May 2009 12:04 GMT+02:00

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The situation is regarded as critical. An extraordinary congress is being convened for the first time in the history of the Swedish Teachers’ Union (Lärarförbundet). To save time, the congress, which will deliberate and vote on the scheme, will take place as a video-conference.

The insurance scheme will guarantee teachers 80 percent of their salaries for 200 benefit days with no income ceiling. Coverage under the normal unemployment insurance system is also fixed at 80 percent but with a ceiling of 18,700 kr.

“Even teachers on very low incomes earn more than this,” says Swedish Teachers’ Union chair Eva-Lis Sirén.

Some 1,500 teachers around the country have been given notice so far. The new scheme is expected to take effect from 1 July.

Both teachers’ unions are negotiating jointly and members of the National Union of Teachers (Lärarnas Riksförbund) will also be offered insurance coverage on the same terms.

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Stuart Sheild (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

05:56 May 10, 2009 by Greg in Canada
We're having similiar problems here in Canada. Some school boards are laying off teachers and most new graduates will not find jobs this year. A few years ago there were a lot of jobs for teachers due to retirements of older teachers, but that is different now.

My wife is a teacher. Fortunatley she has seniority in her school board as she's been teaching for ten years.
10:32 May 10, 2009 by byke
Total BS.

The problem with teaching in sweden is that many teachers are not qualified

or have done a "fast food" intensive course.

Quite frankly, teachers over here are generally not very well paid.

So you need to think of teachers as the Mcdonalds employee

generation a few years on.

If teachers are unemployed, and still receive payment protection.

Shouldn't it mandatory for those receiving these extra perks to use

such time in a constructive manner in the sense of being put into

further education during their time off to improve their teaching qualifications,

knowledge etc.

So they would stay within a semi employment status, but also improving

there academic skills in teaching.
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