This week’s editorial staff: Soldiers out, nurses back

Until last week, 10 percent of nurses were on strike for more than ten weeks hoping to get a better deal than their dealers came up with.

Bizarrely structured
However, the conflicts have had a bizarre structure. The acclaimed Danish labor dispute model recommends that employees and employers fight against it without interference from the public authorities – even when the employers are the state or the regions.

It’s basically a resource battle: who has the deepest pockets. And it is not rocket science to figure out that the nurses run dry first.

The only hand of the nurses was to exert public pressure on the politicians, first and foremost by drawing attention to their heroism in the early days of the pandemic. That was partly what made them ask for a pay rise. Gender equality also came into play when they claimed that they had not been rewarded for their work because the majority of them are women.

Striptease in the dark
The red-shirted nurses have demonstrated, jumped, sung and shouted that they were worth more, but at the end of the day it turned out that it was just a striptease in the dark.

No one cared and inevitably the Social Democratic government turned to legislation to end the conflict, so the nurses ended up with the terms they rejected – twice.

Now they can start paying increased conflict fund contributions on top of what they are still paying from the last conflict six years ago. One can not help but think that the Danish model may be a bit outdated.

Too much dithering
Denmark’s foreign policy is just as outdated when it comes to participating in armed conflicts in distant lands. The Afghanistan campaign ended in chaos, and now the battle-weary Taliban fighters have their day.

On the Danish side, we had to establish air lifts for all Danish citizens together with Afghans with a Danish connection. At the last count, 40 listed persons were left behind. But really, it’s not good enough.

The reason it did not work better is that most of the political parties spent valuable time discussing how few should be taken from Kabul Airport.

Better a poor horse than no horse at all
The collapse in Afghanistan was actually faster than anyone had expected, but the footsteps were an embarrassment. Perhaps the in-demand investigation will reveal the true shame of the situation.

On things are for sure. The flow of refugees will increase and we will see fences and walls being built to control the people. In Afghanistan, we can only hope that 20 years without the Taliban regime has left enough of an impact on the population of more than 40 million to inspire a development towards a society that respects human rights, if not a modern democracy.

The nurses did not succeed in fighting – but negotiations are the answer, even if it is tough. Negotiations with the Taliban and Islamic State are almost impossible, but in the end they are the only possible answer.

Source: The Nordic Page


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