Employers sick of ‘political logic’

Party politics is preventing necessary reforms from being implemented, employers’ confederation says

The nation's employers have lashed out at the political infighting that prevents implementation of necessary reforms.

DA's criticism seems to be aimed directly at members of the Konservative (K) party, who blocked fast-track implementation of the recent school reform by refusing to agree to mandatory homework help in schools. Any deal without the support of Konservative means the changes would only become mandatory after the next parliamentary election, which will be held no later than 2015.

"It will be absolutely devastating for students, teachers, schools and councils if school reforms cannot begin next year," DA head Jørn Neergaard said.

Larsen said all of parliament's parties have signed off on extending teacher’s working hours and that a broad majority in parliament were behind the other parts of the reform package. 

“Any businessperson knows that major changes must be made at the same time," he said.

Larsen's statements come while the government, along with Venstre and Dansk Folkeparti, are trying to get Konservative to agree to the entire package now and not delay passage until after the next election.

Those parties announced yesterday that they are ready to back away from the mandatory homework help proposal if Konservative will help get reforms moving. They will instead make homework help voluntary.

Konservative has yet to respond to the olive branch from the other parties.

Jensen said that parliament should use any means at its disposal to implement school reforms immediately.

"We do not get involved in party politics, but it is their duty to find a solution,” he said. “’Political logic’ should not be allowed to stop necessary reforms.”