Monday 27 January 2020

Teaching union plans two-day strike to press for better pay and conditions


The largest teaching union is planning a two-day strike at the end of January as it steps up its demands for better pay and working conditions in primary schools.

The AOb said a straw poll of around 6,000 members indicated that there was around 90% support for the stoppage on January 30 and 31, which follows a one-day strike on November 6. On that occasion around 3,500 schools nationwide closed for the day.

The previous strike went ahead after the AOb rejected a one-off deal worth €460 mln to finance a pay rise and reduce the workload in schools. The union said it would only accept ‘structural’ changes to pay and conditions.

Eugenie Stolk, chair of the AOb, said: ‘The members have spoken very clearly. Their readiness to take action is enormous. Education needs additional structural money. Until that money appears we will continue to take action.’

In a separate development, more than 5,000 children in Amsterdam are facing a week off school as teachers protest against shortages of personnel.

The 16 schools belong to the Stichting Westelijke Tuinsteden group, which currently has 20 full-time equivalent vacancies. All the schools are in the Nieuw-West district of the capital and are set to close for a week from December 9. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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