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Thousands of Dutch teachers stike over low wages

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 16, 2019 14:18

Thousands of Dutch teachers stike over low wages

Dutch teachers at all levels held their first ever nationwide strike to demand higher salaries but also better working conditions and better quality education.The walkout reflects growing frustration across the workforce in the Netherlands, with employees in many sectors feeling left behind by strong economic growth that has not been matched by wage increases.

The strike was the first one joined by teachers at all levels of the education system, from primary school to university and followed similar walkouts by primary school teachers in October and December 2017.Some 40,000 people attended a gathering in The Hague, with teachers joined by supporting parents.One teacher at the gathering, John Brewster, said teachers were the future of the country and had been neglected by politicians for too long.

The teachers are calling for an increase of 4 billion euros ($4.6 billion) to the government’s annual 30-billion-euro education budget, with over half of the extra money going to primary and secondary schools.For wage rises, the unions are seeking 1.1 billion euros this year, increasing to almost 2 billion in 2022.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 16, 2019 14:18