Support message to teachers’ strike in Holland

The World Federation of Teachers’ Unions of WFTU, expresses its support to teachers in Holland who last week held a strike in about 7,000 primary schools in the country and tens of thousands demonstrated in The Hague. They demand pay rises in their salaries and recruitment to reduce the heavy workload and so that the classes would have fewer children. The government has promised €500 million of financial support, but the trade unions (AOB, CNV, PO-raad) have highlighted that another €900 million is needed for salaries and € 500 million for hiring the necessary staff, that means in total €1,4 billion.