Netherlands - Primary school teachers created political crisis - August 31, 2017

Primary school teachers organised a one-hour strike in June. They argued that primary school teachers earn between 7% and 21% less despite having to deal with increasing workloads. Teachers warned that further stoppages will be forthcoming unless the government pledges to invest in raising wages. In the following weeks, this led to a political crisis for the outgoing government, as the acting labour minister announced that he was not willing to sign the 2018 budget if the teachers’ wages were not increased. A crisis was averted, as the outgoing coalition agreed that a ‘substantial amount’ will go to teachers’ pay in the 2018 budget.  

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