Strikes reach 17-year high in 2006

There were 31 strikes in the Netherlands last year, the highest total since 1989. However, the number of lost days – 16,000 – was lower than in recent years, the national statistics office CBS said. In total, 11,000 people went on strike, compared with 29,000 in 2005 and 104,000 in 2004. Around half of all strikes were related to pay claims, privatisation or factory closures.

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