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Primary school teachers in Netherlands take mass action

Primary school teachers in the Netherlands recently took mass strike action. In 2017, there were three national strikes by teachers and 90% of the schools or more closed during each strike. On the 5th October, 70,000 primary school teachers went to protests. What is also important about this struggle is that it started with teachers organizing themselves from outside the unions.

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Netherlands: Election result a colossal defeat for austerity government

Oppose Wilders and the ‘mainstream’ right – Build a mass workers’ party that struggles for socialism. 
The most important feature of the national elections in the Netherlands is the colossal defeat for the outgoing austerity coalition government of the Liberal Party (VVD) and the Labour Party (PvdA). The Labour Party lost 29 seats and the VVD lost 8, an enormous total of 37 seats (more than half of the number of seats that are required to form a government (75)).The result is a clear indictment of the austerity policies of the past period. The VVD and the media will present the 33 seats as a ‘victory’. But the VVD lost seats and its coalition partner, the Labour Party, is reduced to a rump party of 9 seats. Neoliberalism has suffered a serious election defeat.

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Netherlands: Anti-immigrant Freedom Party leading polls ahead of general elections

Only a choice between the “regular” and far-right?
Dutch voters go to the polls on on 15 March, with a record 28 parties on the ballot paper. Nearly half the parties have only been in existence since 2014. The largest traditional parties are expected to lose many voters (the main three parties are expected to win just around 40% of votes, down from 89 per cent three decades ago). At the same time, Geert Wilders’ right-wing, anti-immigrant PVV (Freedom Party) is expected to win the most seats.

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