Danish Union of Teachers

The Danish Union of Teachers, DLF, organises the teachers of the public basic school and counts 84,000 members.

The president of the DLF is Gordon Ørskov Madsen.

The DLF was established in 1874 and is the only union to organise the teachers of the Danish public basic school, called the Folkeskole.

It is our objective to safeguard the interests of our members in matters relating to educational theory and practice, economic and employment conditions, and to strengthen unity and further the development of the Folkeskole.


The organisation

The supreme authority of the DLF is the Congress with 299 delegates who meet once a year. The National Executive Committee has 23 members who meet at a monthly basis. At local level the DLF is represented by 75 local branches.

The secretariat is located in Copenhagen and has some 120 employees. The DLF also runs an office in Brussels together with the other Danish educator organisations. The representation in Brussels follows EU's works with education and labour policies.


Development Cooperation in Third World countries

The objectives of the DLF development assistance is to strengthen EI member organisations in the Third World in their work to provide satisfactory service to their members and to assist them in playing an active, constructive and critical role as social partners in the development of society.

At present the DLF has project cooperation with teacher unions in Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Lesotho, Malawi, Lesotho, Liberia, Jordan and Bolivia.