Netherlands - National strike by teachers in primary education - December 31, 2017

Teachers in primary education went on strike on 12 December 2017. Several trade unions are cooperating in order to remind the government of the importance of primary education, because it is the start of their participation in society. The Netherlands are facing a shortage in primary school teachers. The unions are demanding a fair salary and a reduction in work pressure, making the job more attractive for future teachers. They want a salary similar to teachers in secondary schools, and reducing of the workload, for example by hiring educational support staff, smaller classes and less administrative burdens.

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