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22 July 2024

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& Education

Salary increase and a lower workload in new labour agreement

In September, employees of Dutch universities will get a salary increase of 3.7 percent and a one-off payment of 300 euros. In January, salaries will be increased by another one percent. Social safety will also be improved.

In spite of the cutbacks announced by the new government and declining student numbers, the universities want to keep defending the interests of their employees. “With this responsible salary agreement, employers and unions send the signal that they wish to work together to address the problems facing our sector.” 

Inflation

The education and research chapter of the Dutch Federation of Trade Unions (FNV) is satisfied with the negotiation agreement as well. “After the considerable salary increase in the current collective agreement, we’ve more than compensated the inflation of recent years with this salary increase”, says administrator Bernard Koekoek.

As the salary structure will be revised until and including scale 7, he expects a teaching assistant or receptionist can expect a salary increase of up to 200 euros.

Unwillingness

It was only last week that the FNV accused university administrators of administrative unwillingness because they were taking too few steps in improving social safety at universities. One week later, the air seems to have cleared.

The new draft agreement says that there will be one central reporting point for social safety at every university. Confidentiality provisions can also no longer be used to forbid employees to report transgressive behaviour. On top of this, the position of the ombudsperson will be reinforced.

Workload

Furthermore, agreements have been made to tackle the high workload. Amongst other things, these are on scheduling breaks and on a realistic job scope for teachers. Particularly part-timers currently tend to work too many hours.

The negotiation agreement still needs to be approved by the support base of the unions and the separate universities. The term of the new collective agreement is 1 July 2024 through 30 June 2025.

In higher professional education, an agreement was also recently reached on a new collective agreement with a term of a year and a half. This includes a salary increase in two steps, of 7 percent.

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