Last year there were 23 strikes in the Netherlands. This equals the average number for the last twenty years.
Strikes cost trade and industry a total 9,400 working days in 2000. This is a relatively low number, in fact the number of days lost was only lower in 1988 and 1996. On average 94,000 days a year were lost in the period 1980-2000, ten times the number for last year.
In 2000, 3,400 working days were lost in the manufacturing industry through seven cases of industrial action. Workers in the transport and communication sector went on strike eight times, costing the sector 3,300 working days.
Wout Jansen Heijtmajer