THE NETHERLANDS. Dutch primary school teachers are pressing ahead with Thursday’s planned strike, despite the government’s commitment to spending an extra €250m on boosting salaries and reducing the pressure of work.
The October 5 strike, organised by the two main teaching unions AOB and CNV, is also backed by the primary school council PO-raad.
Primary school teachers say they are paid well below their colleagues at secondary schools and peers educated to the same level. They want an extra €900m for salaries plus €500m to bring in more teaching stuff and cut the pressure on teachers.
If Thursday’s day of campaigning does not bring in more money, teachers will then take part in a two-day strike, union spokesman Jan van de Ven told broadcaster NOS.
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