Day care strike: “We parents are at the limit because of Corona” – Munich

In the middle of the pandemic, daycare centers are closed because the teachers are on strike for more money. Is that appropriate? A dispute between a parent representative and a union secretary.

This Monday there will be another strike in the public sector, including in daycare centers. Many urban crèches, kindergartens and after-school care centers will probably not open. The trade unions Verdi and GEW call on the workers in the municipal care facilities to go on a warning strike. Among other things, the trade unions are demanding 4.8 percent more salaries in the nationwide collective bargaining negotiations. In Munich, the garbage collection, street cleaning and the city clinics are also on strike. The fact that educators in particular are called on to walk out angered many parents during the last warning strike at the end of September. Is the anger justified? The union secretary Merle Pisarz von Verdi, a trained educator, and Daniel Gromotka, one of the top parents’ representatives in Munich, are discussing this.


Daycare centers in Munich: educators strike on Monday – Munich

Numerous parents will have to look for alternative care for their children on Monday: There will be a full-day warning strike in the public service after the second round of negotiations in the wage dispute ended last weekend without an offer. In addition to some clinics, parts of the city administration, the Munich municipal utilities and the city libraries, this also affects municipal childcare facilities – and probably more massively than the Verdi and GEW unions calling for the strike originally planned. When asked on Friday, Verdi was not able to say exactly how many facilities will be closed on Monday, but they are assuming a “two-digit, possibly even three-digit number”.

The fact that daycare centers are also included in the strike has met with harsh criticism from Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD). He has been a union member for more than 40 years and has always supported it when childcare workers take to the streets for better pay or better working conditions. But at the moment, in the middle of one of the biggest health crises in the world and after months of emergency care and a difficult situation for the parents, I consider a warning strike to be simply irresponsible.

Daniel Gromotka from the Joint Parents’ Council of the municipal day-care centers and day-care centers has a similar opinion: “Strike is a basic right, but in the current situation I have no understanding for it. The unions demand solidarity, but behave themselves without solidarity. The employees were not Affected by short-time working, they are also not threatened with unemployment: If an employer was fair during the crisis, it was the city. “

On Tuesday, the GEBHT, together with the joint parents’ council of municipal kindergartens, urgently asked both parties to an agreement to come to an agreement quickly and, in particular, without strikes in the daycare centers. This year is a big burden for families. Many parents would have had to take short-time work or would have to fear losing their jobs. In the second quarter, real wages in Germany fell by 4.7 percent compared to the previous year. These parents, Gromotka said on Tuesday, a strike for wage increases of almost five percent, as the unions are demanding, cannot be conveyed.

The incidence value has since fallen to 42.47

With a view to the families, Verdi had originally planned to only call one person per facility to go on a warning strike. But this is now also becoming a protest against the authorities, by whom the employees feel abandoned: Until Wednesday, the seven-day incidence in the city of Munich was over 50; During this time, according to the Bavarian general hygiene plan, further protective measures were necessary for the employees – but these did not exist, said Merle Pisarz from Verdi on Friday.

That the displeasure among the employees “is assuming this extent only became clear yesterday and today”. City school councilor Beatrix Zurek defends herself against this accusation: “There is no automatic mechanism to declare stage 3 – phase red – with an incidence value of 50. The Free State has explicitly given the municipalities this leeway.” The incidence value has since fallen to 42.47.

Verdi did not want to comment on the criticism from OB Reiter on Friday and instead referred to the press release on the strike call. It says that the corona pandemic has shown how important the public service is for the functioning of the community. “They cannot pay the expensive rents in the Munich metropolitan area just from applause.” The Department for Education and Sport has no knowledge of which daycare centers are closed on Monday or are only partially open. This advises parents to find out more directly from the daycare management. The city operates a total of 48 crèches, 164 kindergartens, 116 day-care centers, 123 houses for children, 42 day care centers and two curative educational day-care centers with around 36,500 places.

The Schwabing, Bogenhausen, Harlaching, Neuperlach and Thalkirchner Strasse clinics will also be affected by the warning strike. Emergency care is guaranteed, but planned interventions have not been made, according to Verdi. The next round of negotiations in the collective bargaining dispute is scheduled for October 22nd and 23rd. It is quite possible that there will be another strike by then. But, says Heinrich Birner from Verdi, “we will handle the day-care centers very carefully”.


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Corona in Munich: The normal everyday school life on trial – Munich

When she stands in front of the class, she sometimes forgets about the pandemic, says Heidi Lungmus: Then it feels like always, despite the masks. Until she read in the newspaper that, for example, the college of a primary school in Baldham had been quarantined. A colleague’s wife teaches there, says Lungmus. What if she tests positive? Heidi Lungmus teaches German and geography at the municipal Werner von Siemens secondary school in Neuperlach; She is a staff council member there and a shop steward for the GEW union, and the teachers were worried, she says. It feels a bit like March just before schools closed: “The impacts are getting closer.”

Lessons began on Tuesday for around 162,500 pupils in Munich. According to figures from the Education Department and the State Education Authority, there is yet another record to report: 11,450 children are now attending the first grade at a state primary school in Munich, more than ever. In the previous school year, the number of first graders had decreased slightly; the state government had previously made it easier for parents to postpone their children for a year. But now the numbers are back to the old level – and even higher. In total, there are now 44 277 primary school children, 35 370 high school students, 13 120 secondary school students and 12 822 high school students among others at the public schools in Munich. They all started the school year almost as if there was nothing: with face masks, but for the first time since the beginning of the corona pandemic for all classes in classroom lessons at the same time, with full class size. The only question is how much longer.

In the first two weeks of September, half a dozen daycare centers in Munich closed due to corona cases, while individual groups were affected in other daycare centers. Classes have also been sent home in five schools. And if there are 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days, according to the guidelines of the Free State, there is again a risk of distance lessons in the area. On Friday this value was 46.08. According to the city, schools and daycare centers will definitely open on Monday. But the schools are preparing.

There are two big issues at his school, says Konrad Brunner, director of the Wilhelm-Busch-Realschule in Neuperlach. The first is to catch up on what was left behind in the past year. The old class teachers had passed the learning status to the new ones, and there were remedial classes. If there were distance lessons again, it would be fatal from his point of view: “Then important content will be lost again”, and the existing gaps have not yet been closed. The Ministry of Culture must also think about this, says Brunner. At some point it will be ready: “We do not expect that we will have permanent classroom teaching.” Therefore the second big topic is to prepare the distance learning. The students have already received access data for online learning and their school email accounts. And the city has already delivered 55 rental tablets for students who lack the technology.

Johanna Scharl also firmly expects distance lessons. She is chair of the parents ‘council of the Johann-Andreas-Schmeller-Realschule in Ismaning and is involved in the state parents’ association of Bavarian Realschulen. She is happy that the state government has formulated new guidelines, she says, just as her parents had asked for. For example, every day should begin with a ritual to check whether all the students are really present.

At the municipal Anita Augspurg vocational school for social affairs and health, distance lessons are already a reality for some students: on Wednesday, a student reported a positive corona test; Now his class is in quarantine and is receiving work assignments and lessons online, says headmaster Berthold Lacher.

It was to be expected that classes would be closed, says Anton Zenz, the technical director of the state education authority, which is responsible for primary and secondary schools. It is to be expected that more will follow. Overall, however, he is “very happy that the first week went so well”. He received almost only positive feedback from the schools: with the exception of a few individual cases, the children adhered to the mask requirement, the schools had prepared themselves excellently and implemented their hygiene concepts well.

These include distance rules and a mask requirement on the school premises – and these are most noticeable to pupils from the fifth grade: They have to wear masks in class in the first two weeks of school, regardless of the incidence value. That is strange, says 17-year-old Annabelle, “but you get used to it”. The student attends the upper level of the Luitpold-Gymnasium in Lehel. On Friday morning she stands in front of the school yard with a classmate. The two of them wear masks, even if they really don’t have to. “Wearing it is the least thing you can do,” says Annabelle. A group of sixth graders nearby even got something good from the masks: If you wag your mask in a sports lesson and then put it on, someone says, it’s nice and cool.

Your daughter also reports good reports, says Johanna Scharl; the girl is in ninth grade. However, you get along less well with a mask, and because the children have to talk louder, even with those sitting next to you, the noise level increases. Many students also wear the masks not only in class, but also on the way to school in the bus, tram or subway. That is a burden.

The hygiene rules mean a new challenge for schools too, because, unlike before, all classes are now fully in the house. His students obediently followed the rules, says director Konrad Brunner. But with 31 classes with 900 students it is more difficult to keep your distance than with half the number.

Heidi Lungmus from the Werner von Siemens secondary school also explains that the teachers are now more busy than before with correcting students. With the mask requirement, she first had to explain to some that it was serious. And separating the classes from one another doesn’t work at all. The staff council is currently formulating a statement that the teachers cannot guarantee compliance with these rules.

There are worries in the college anyway, says Lungmus. She and her colleagues would actually enjoy the face-to-face lessons: “We are happy that we can finally work properly,” she says. But her school also takes care of it. There are already timetables for distance teaching, and the students are already divided into groups, “monsters” and “dinosaurs”: some should come on Mondays and Wednesdays, the others on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Fridays the groups should change weekly. For Lungmus it is clear that this will be necessary at some point. “I’ll give us two more weeks,” she says. “Maybe one.”


School start in Corona times: Tips for children – Munich

Gerd Schulte-Körne, Head of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at LMU, about children’s fears in the Corona crisis and how you can consciously improve your mood.

Interview by

Ekaterina Kel

Gerd Schulte-Körne believes that an important voice is missing in the debate about the correct Corona measures: that of the young generation. He heads the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) and observes that children and adolescents are particularly hard hit by the school closings and contact bans. After the holidays, most of the lessons start with a mask requirement. On the “Corona and You” portal, he gives concrete tips on how to actively improve their everyday life and mood to get started with everyday school life.


Childcare and Corona: The Complaints of the Parents – Munich

Even in the event of a slight cold, daycare centers in Bavaria send the children back home, but this could only change in September. How parents deal with the insecurity in care and what pediatricians think of the regulation.


Ekaterina Kel

Romy Martin was almost happy. For a long time it looked as if her two children were allowed to go to daycare for five days straight. That was last week, says the 34-year-old industrial designer from Munich. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the one-year-old daughter and the three-year-old son were both looked after in the respective facilities. For Martin this meant: Finally, work again at humane times and not, as has been the case for so long, at night. But then things turned out differently on Thursday: Martin received a call from her daughter’s facility: she sneezed three times. Now she had to be picked up again. Another mother from the west of Munich says that her children in a privately run day care center sometimes measure fever twice a day. They would be sent home at temperatures as high as 37.5 degrees.


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For almost 16 weeks, many parents were unable to send their children to daycare. That is 16 weeks of ravaging, improvising, besides work, also having fun with the bored child, doing the work at night, hardly getting to see the partner, because people have alternated with insanity in shifts. All children were only allowed to be looked after again from 1 July. What sounded like a long-awaited and necessary remedy turned out to be a sham package for many. Because now the following applies: If a child has a slight runny nose, they can be excluded from childcare.

From this point of view, it probably affects almost all children sooner or later. After all, there is a reason that children are colloquially called snotty noses, says pediatrician Philipp Schoof. Concerned parents have been running his practice for a few weeks now because they hope to get some kind of health record from him so that they can send their child back to daycare. But firstly, he does not exhibit them and secondly, if in doubt, they would not be accepted.

The Bavarian Family Ministry now promises binding guidelines. But only from September. What the affected families are supposed to do until then is up to them. There are many indications that Corona is destroying not only health, but also the achievements that have long been achieved in reconciling work and family life (SZ-Plus).


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