Teachers in large parts of Norway are taking strike action against a new contract which would force them to stay in school for 7.5 hours a day. Although the deal was recommended by their union, members overwhelmingly rejected it in a ballot which attracted a large turnout.

At present teachers in Norway, like most teachers around the world, are able to do their lesson planning, marking and other duties at home or in school according to their own judgement. In other words in this respect they are treated like professionals. The Norwegian employers move is typical of education 'reform' globally, which seeks to denigrate and deprofessionalise teachers and where possible replace them with poorly trained substitutes who will work according to strict guidelines. Union leader Ragnhild Lied echoed this when she said this week, "We require a working agreement that recognizes the character of the teacher job. We strike for more flexibility in the school day, for less micromanagement way into the classroom, and to strengthen the role of the teacher".

Commenting on the members' rejection of the proposed contract, Lied, told reporters: "We’ve taken self-criticism on board, and are now ready to lead a strike".The action is taking the form of rolling strikes, which are gradually being escalated, with 5,500 teachers called out this week.