Ten of thousands of New Zealand teachers go on country’s largest education strike

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand

Local media has reported that tens of thousands of teachers in New Zealand have laid down their tools demanding for higher pay and shorter hours in so far the country’s largest strike in the education sector.

The industrial action comes days before the government announced its “well-being” budget that is targeted as a new approach to fiscal decision-making guided by a broader range of indicators to improve New Zealanders’ living standards. .

The teachers trade unions announced that more than 40,000 primary and secondary school teachers joined in the strike in the capital Wellington. Schools have also been closed until government meets their demands.