Netherlands -Teachers' strike widespread -January 28, 2012

Nearly 22,000 secondary school teachers joined in a successful strike called by the FNV-affiliated teachers’ union, the Algemene Onderwijsbond (AOb), on 26 January. About 200 schools closed. This strike opposed the latest government Bill imposing new additional classroom hours for students, and curtailing teachers' holidays by one week. Basically, those on strike protested the growing workload of secondary school teachers, the continuous changes in legislation and regulation, and the lack of respect and recognition from the side of the authorities.


Dutch: NRC-Handelsblad 25, 26 and 27 January 2011


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