Dresden: And that shortly before Easter – major strike on Maundy Thursday in daycare and after-school care!

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And that shortly before Easter: Major strike on Maundy Thursday in daycare and after-school care!

By Hermann Tydecks

Dresden – Oh you fat egg – parents would have gladly done without this surprise for the approaching Easter! The trade union ver.di wants to strike municipal daycare centers and after-school care centers on Maundy Thursday. The town hall cannot set up emergency care.

Daniel Herold (35) is ver.di district manager.

Daniel Herold (35) is ver.di district manager. ©Ralph Kunz

If you still wanted to get chocolate bunnies and the like on Thursday, you probably have to reschedule now – at least if the child visits a city daycare center. Because ver.di is calling on around 4,000 employees from 189 day-care centers and after-school care centers owned by the city to go on an all-day warning strike.

Reason: According to ver.di, the second (nationwide) round of negotiations was also adjourned without result.

The union is primarily concerned with improving working conditions. For example, educators should have longer preparation times, and days off after strenuous assignments (e.g. due to the absence of sick colleagues) should be granted.

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“The negotiating committee of the employers’ association did not understand the enormous intensification of tasks that our colleagues experience every day,” says Dresden ver.di district manager Daniel Herold (35).

“When preparation time for pedagogical work is dismissed as a leisure activity, that’s a provocation that we have to respond to.”

The educators in Dresden had already gone on strike on Women’s Day

Head of the municipal day-care centers: Sabine Bibas (57).

Head of the municipal day-care centers: Sabine Bibas (57). © Holm Helis

The city recommends parents to look after their child elsewhere, as emergency care cannot be provided due to the current infection situation.

“We are aware that the (partial) closures of day-care centers due to the strike, especially after the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, represent a particularly challenging situation for you and your children,” said the city manager Sabine Bibas (57) in a letter to the parents.

On the day of the strike, the in-house operation will publish an overview of affected daycare centers from 6 a.m. at dresden.de/kita-streik and run an information hotline: Tel. 0351/4885111.

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Already on Women’s Day (March 8) the educators in Dresden went on strike. According to Herold, there could be further strikes up until May 16 (third round of negotiations).

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Many children cannot be cared for in their day-care centers on the day of the strike.

Many children cannot be cared for in their day-care centers on the day of the strike. © dpa/Roland Frankincense

“Whoa, not again” – that’s what many parents who bring their children to day care centers in the city will surely think. Because on Maundy Thursday there is another strike by the educators after they had already stopped work on Women’s Day.

Anyone who has children knows how exhausting the past two years of the pandemic have been. What a rat tail it entails, especially for single parents, when small children in particular cannot go to daycare (once again) because of Corona or quarantine.

And right now, when daycare centers are returning to normal operation from emergency operation with reduced opening hours, the ver.di trade union is causing new stress.

Maundy Thursday is chosen “diplomatically”.

Educators in Dresden are once again called for an all-day warning strike.

Educators in Dresden are once again called for an all-day warning strike. © Imago

Despite everything, I think: We have to endure this! Because the tolerable level for me has not yet been exceeded. The union voluntarily announced the industrial action early last week to give parents time to prepare.

And Maundy Thursday before the long weekend is also “diplomatically” chosen as the strike day. In any case, I can’t think of a single day when a strike would be favourable.

I still remember the train driver strikes that paralyzed half the country in 2015. Or the bus and train drivers, who repeatedly caused a standstill in 2020 during difficult Corona times. I thought that was exaggerated.

However, if this is repeated by the educators more times in the coming weeks, the proportionality would be exceeded. This is (unfortunately) not entirely outlandish.

Cover photo: dpa/Roland Weihrauch

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