Thousands of Dutch schools closed due to teachers strike

  06 November 2019    Read: 740
Thousands of Dutch schools closed due to teachers strike

A daylong strike by Dutch teachers has shut down thousands of schools across the country. Organizers say Wednesday’s strike, the latest mass protest in what is becoming an autumn of discontent in the Netherlands, has forced the closure of more than 4,000 schools nationwide.

The action follows massive protest demonstrations in recent weeks by farmers and construction workers unhappy at the government’s emissions policies.

The teachers’ strike went ahead despite the government of PM Mark Rutte last week reached an agreement with unions and schools to invest an extra €460 million ($510 million) in education to tackle a shortage of teachers, improve working conditions and raise salaries.

Unlike the farmers and construction workers who massed in The Hague for demonstrations, teachers are staging smaller protests across the country, AP reported.


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