Read about the organizational structure of BUPL - from the National board til the Pension Fund
The Secretariat of BUPL
The Secretariat assists the President and BUPL’s Executive Committee in carrying out the daily tasks – for example negotiations with the Local Government Denmark (the public employers organization), the relevant Ministeries and with the Parliament.
Furthermore, the Secretariat offers different services to members and the 12 local branches in the form of advisory and consultancy services. The Secretariat, located in the centre of Copenhagen employs some 150 staff officers. The task is to safeguard the interests of the members in matters relating to salary agreements, job security, pedagogical issues, economical conditions, and to strengthen unity and the development of BUPL’s organization.
The work is based on a strategy of profession in which the salary and working conditions of the pedagogues and the development of early childhood education and care as well as the education of pedagogues and research are integrated into a single approach.
The National Board
The National Board deals with matters of fundamental importance to all members. Usually it gathers every second month and consists of a total of 32 members, elected by the members in the local branches, and the seven members of the Executive Committee.
The Congress is BUPL’s highest authority and it is held once every second year. 234 delegates meet to decide the future policies, main tasks and goals of BUPL. Also the Congress elects the Executive Committee. President of BUPL is since November 2014 Mrs. Elisa Bergmann.
The Department of Managers
Within BUPL a Department of Managers has recently been formed. It became necessary with a separate managers’ organization in BUPL because of changes in the role and tasks of the managers of the child care centres and also because of an increase in larger centres in general in Denmark.
The usual number of children in a center can vary from 20 till 400 children and it has become necessary with a head with both managerial and pedagogical skills and competences.
The managers’ job are to day rather not spending much time with the children as sitting behind the desk and a computer working on accounts and visionary, pedagogical reports in order to negotiate with the employer – the municipals - and to improve the quality of the education and care of the children.
The Union Magazine
The Union Magazine, “Børn&Unge” (Children&Youth), has a circulation of 70.000, and is distributed to all members.
The Magazine brings current affairs, special reports and letters to the editor, featuring trade union matters, pedagogical politics, general educational politics, and pedagogues’ pay and working conditions. Børn&Unge is edited according to journalistic principles and does not necessarily express the Union’s policy.
Pedagogical and Profesional Development and Research
In accordance to the professional strategy BUPL supports development of both the education of the pedagogues as well as the development of early childhood education and care. BUPL has a Development and Research Fund earmarked for educational innovation in child care centres, free time centres and clubs. Every year this Fund spends about 1,5 million Danish Crowns on innovative research projects about the lives and needs of children and young people in centres and clubs in Denmark.
On top of that BUPL has just decided to use 10 million Danish Crowns (1,3 million €) every year for research in the profession of pedagogues in order to support the development of the profession itself.
High quality early childhood education and care is also about educating the pedagogues to be able to create the best conditions in the institutions in favour of the development of the child. The Union organizes a wide range of conferences for the members about the development of the pedagogical tasks and the working conditions.
The Education to Pedagogue
Pedagogues Students are organized in a special student branch of BUPL called PLS (Pædagogstuderendes Landssammenslutning).
The education is 3,5 years and pedagogues get the title: “Professional Bachelor”. The education offers a broad working field, and pedagogues are employed both in child care services, in institutions for handicapped people and also inside the sector of services for elderly people.
The education is at the same level as education of primary teachers, nurses and social workers and with the title “Professional Bachelor” pedagogues can continue their education studying a Master degree – for instance psychology, philosophy or pedagogical science - at the Danish University of Education.
The Unemployment Insurance Scheme
BUPL has 12 local offices taking care of the pedagogues unemployment insurances, and especially the service is aimed at pedagogues who are unemployed, on leave or on early retirement.
The Pension Fund
The age of retirement in Denmark is just raised to 67 years. The Pension Fund in BUPL – PBU - controls the pensions paid by the municipals to the workers in the municipal institutions. In BUPL many retired pedagogues still enjoy the membership of BUPL and they participate in professional seminars and receive the member’s journal.