Dutch primary school teachers attend a general strike, demanding higher wages, in the Hague, Netherlands October 5, 2017. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares
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Tens of thousands of Dutch primary teachers went on a day's strike Thursday to demand better wages and a reduced workload, closing schools across one of the world's most literate countries.Carrying placards saying "Teachers are furious" and "Pay up!", thousands of teachers gathered at a park in The Hague and demanded that the incoming government pay some 1.4 billion euros ($1.6 billion) to improve their salaries and work conditions.Teachers want at least 900 million euros to bring their salaries on a par with high school colleagues, while the rest of the amount should be used to alleviate work stress, Dutch media reports said.The teachers averaged some 930 hours over a single school year, compared to the OECD's average of 782 hours and the European Union average of 754 hours.
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