The centre-left Danish government is siding with the employers in the teachers' dispute and rushing through a law this weekend which will impose longer hours on the teachers and take away their right to fewer hours after the age of 60.

Danish teachers and pupils have been locked out for the last four weeks by the government in a brutal effort to force through the proposals - children have remained untaught and teachers unpaid. The package of wage cuts and attacks on workload for teachers are part of a wider agenda of cuts being forced through by the government, even as taxes are cut for the wealthiest in the country. Meanwhile changes are being made to the school system - orienting it more towards employment and standardisation and away from the kind of creative education which is traditional in Denmark.

If the government forces through the changes this weekend the lock-out will come to an end. Despite being exhausted by the lockout many teachers are planning demonstrations in the coming period.