SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – There were fewer official strikes in the Netherlands last year – 28 as opposed to 32 in 2017 – and the number of working days lost to industrial action was down by 67,000.
The 2017 total of 32 strikes was the highest in 30 years, the national statistics agency CBS said. In total, 239,000 days were lost to strikes last year.
The transport and logistics sector topped the list of strike-prone industries with 10 strikes, followed by industry with seven, both of which led to large numbers of lost days.
The biggest strike was in the education sector, which affected more people than any other, the CBS said. Wages and working conditions accounted by far the most strikes.