Primary school teachers to strike again on December 12

Primary school teachers in the Netherlands are to hold a second one-day strike on December 12 in support of their demand for extra money for education.

The teachers say the government needs to inject €1.4bn in primary education – €900m to boost pay and €500m to improve working conditions and reduce the pressure on teachers.

Face to face talks earlier this week between teachers and education minister Arie Slob – who has earmarked €750m extra for primary schools – failed to produce results.

‘On December 12, primary schools and special education schools will be closed nationwide all day,’ the collective PO-Front said.

The previous one-day strike on October 5 led to most schools closing. In addition, 30,000 teachers went to The Hague for a demonstration close to parliament. No mass demonstration is being planned this time round.