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Teacher Unions

By Sarah D. Sparks — February 04, 2014 1 min read

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.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 05, 2014 edition of Education Week as Teacher Unions

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