22,000 days lost through strikes last year

The increase in short campaigns took the total number of days lost in the Netherlands through strikes last year to 22,000, the national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday.

In 2010, 60,000 working days were lost by strike action.
In total, last year, there were 17 strikes – but six of them lasted no longer than one day, the CBS said. Instead, workers protested by demonstrations outside their company or by taking longer lunch breaks.
Most strikes were either in support of more pay or in protest at government cutbacks. Public transport strikes accounted for the most lost hours.
This year there have already been strikes by the police, teachers and cleaners.

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