Published Online: February 4, 2014
Published in Print: February 5, 2014, as Teacher Unions

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"Study on Trends in Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining in the Education Sector Since the Financial Crisis, 2008-2013"

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The global financial crisis has led to new restrictions on collective bargaining in education worldwide, according to a new study by the nonprofit Education International.

In 19 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas (including the United States), the report found "a clear trend from 2008 to 2013 towards the privatization of the provision of basic education in some countries" and more limitations on the length of public teachers' contracts and tenure, particularly in countries implementing "austerity" measures, such as Greece and Spain.

In a majority of countries, the report found increased limits put on teachers' collective-bargaining powers and unionization in general.

Vol. 33, Issue 20, Page 5

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