Dutch workers rarely go on strike

27th August 2010, Comments 0 comments


Employees in the Netherlands resort to strike action much less than their peers in other EU countries, according to figures published by the European Union.

The ranking shows that in the past five years, on average 5.7 workdays a year per 1,000 employees were lost through industrial disputes. This puts the Dutch almost at the bottom of the list, just above strike-shy Luxemburg, Slovakia, Latvia, Estonia and Austria.

The most strike-prone country in the EU is Denmark, where the average of days lost every year through strikes is 159.4 per 1000 workers. The small Nordic state is followed by France, where trades union traditions are very much alive, with 132 days a year lost. Belgium comes third, but at a distance, with an average of 78.8 lost days.

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