Academic education and research

As of January 1, 2020, the AOb the interests of the members of the Vawo, the trade union for science. The academic education and research sector has two collective labor agreements: for Dutch universities and for research institutions.

Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch universities

The negotiators of the AOb, the other unions and the employers' organization VSNU reached a new collective labor agreement in May 2020. This CLA ran from 1 January 2020 to 1 January 2021 and will remain in force until 1 January 2022 at the latest. The agreements apply to some 55 university employees. Read more about the current negotiations.

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Main points of the collective labor agreement

  • As of June 1, 2020, all employees will see a structural salary increase of 3 percent on their salary slip. In that month, the universities also pay a one-off gross payment of 750 euros for full-time employment. Part-timers receive this benefit pro rata
  • Money is reserved for employees with temporary contracts who cannot continue their research due to the corona crisis. This concerns 0,45 percent of the available wage margin, about 20 to 21 million euros. With this money, universities can, for example, extend a temporary contract so that the research can be completed. The negotiators still make specific agreements about the exact use of the money
  • The 'Vitality Pact scheme' - a trial to keep employees healthy at work until they reach retirement age - will be extended until December 31, 2021. Employees five years before their state pension age will be given the opportunity to work less
  • An ombudsman function will be established at all universities. This must be set up before July 1, 2021. read this article for more information about this appointment. Read article in English. 
  • There will be a study of career prospects for young academic staff
  • Read the news item about this CLA with explanatory notes from AObnegotiator Donald Pechler via this link. You can download the negotiation agreement below.
  • You will find the frequently asked questions about this collective labor agreement on this page. 

Collective Labor Agreement for research institutions

Arrived on February 6, 2020 the CLA negotiators to a negotiation agreement for a new collective labor agreement for research institutions. This collective labor agreement runs from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Main points negotiator agreement February 2020

  • A pay increase of 2,6 percent within one year. There is also a floor of a thousand euros in the wage increase. Employees who gain less than a thousand euros in the whole of 2020 will receive the difference in July
  • Older employees can use a generation plan. Employees are entitled to a reduction in working hours by one or two days from five years before their state pension age. The employer pays fifty percent of the salary on the leave and the pension accrual and the premium distribution remain as it was
  • The minimum wage has been increased to 14 euros per hour
  • Employees are entitled to two days of leave per year to carry out 'social activities that improve social cohesion in society'
  • One-year employment policy applies to reorganisations: employees therefore remain employed for another year as standard. After that, the employee can choose between the transition payment and a subsequent payment
  • The negotiators are still working out the collective labor agreement texts. Read our news item about the negotiation agreement through this link. 

Have a say in the collective labor agreement

AOb members participate in discussing the collective labor agreement. This can be done through the sector council for academic education and research. Together with the sector council, the AOb negotiators are committed to collective bargaining. As soon as a negotiator agreement has been reached, it will be presented to the Dutch via regional meetings and a digital poll AObmembers. This poll is an advice to the sector council. The council assesses this and then takes a final decision.

Do you want to participate actively? Register for the sector council via board @aob. Nl