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Danish Teacher Lockout Spurs Protest Rally Against Government

April 11, 2013

As many as 40,000 public employees will rally at the Danish parliament today to protest a government lockout of teachers and planned cuts in spending.

The Danish Teachers’ Union, whose members have been locked out of state schools in a labor dispute, has hired more than 400 coaches to drive supporters to Copenhagen, union spokesman Jesper Noerby said.

Almost two-thirds of the union’s 65,000 members have been locked out since April 1, after labor negotiators failed to negotiate a compromise over teacher workdays. Local municipalities want greater control over how teachers use their time.

Unions representing social workers, police officers, prison guards and fire fighters will join today’s protest, Noerby said. The Social Democrat-led government of Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt plans to reduce spending on the elderly, unemployed and students to fund lower corporate taxes.

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