Dutch teachers’ demonstration


This is a Dutch TV video about striking teachers in Brabant province.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Dutch teachers take to streets over planned work hours increase

Monday 09 January 2012

Teachers in the Netherlands kicked off a three-day strike and rallied in The Hague today to press the right-wing government to scrap plans to increase teaching hours.

Ministers want to raise the compulsory number of teaching hours in secondary schools from 1,000 to 1,040 per year.

Some 1,500 members of the Teachers in Action (LIA) union massed outside parliament in the city and chanted slogans against the ruling People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy-Christian Democratic Appeal coalition, which also intends to slash secondary school summer holidays from seven to six weeks.

The proposals have not been approved by the upper house of parliament, which is expected to vote on them at the end of this month.

Authorities said that around 100 schools are likely to be affected by the strike, which was called jointly by the LIA and the public-sector Abvakabo FNV union.

The biggest teaching union AOb will stage a rally against the changes in Utrecht on January 26.

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