Negotiations for a new collective labor agreement in primary education have started.
Negotiations for a new collective labor agreement in primary education have started.

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AOb focuses on structural investment in collective bargaining

Smaller classes, a 5 percent pay rise and agreements to reduce the workload. These are points from the CLA commitment of the AOb for a new round of negotiations in primary education. AObdirector Jelmer Evers is also making an urgent appeal to politicians to invest structurally. "You cannot pay teachers' salaries from incidental money."

Last Thursday, the AOb together with FNV the commitment letter handed over to the other education unions and the employers' organization PO-council. “The negotiations for a new collective labor agreement have now started,” says Evers. “It is still necessary to draw up a plan of action for several years in which the government will invest extra and structurally in primary education. That is a message to politicians. The basis must be good. ”

'The basis must be good'

Structural investments make it possible to close the pay gap, according to Evers. In recent years, this has been the subject of action and the teacher shortage has not yet disappeared. The AObdirector also mentions the employees in secondary special education (VSO). “They now fall under the primary education collective labor agreement. We argue for this group to be covered by the CLA for secondary education. ”

Smaller classes

Work pressure is another topic where the AOb wants to make concrete agreements about this during this new round of negotiations. The AOb wants to work towards a maximum number of 21 students per class. In special primary education and special secondary education, the maximum group size should be 14 pupils.

In addition to smaller classes, Evers wants to stipulate in the collective labor agreement that the pre- and post-work of teachers amounts to at least 50 percent of the teaching hours. He also wants a list with a summary of tasks that can be counted among them. “Teachers get more air this way,” says Evers. "We now see that they regularly do not come up with the time available for their work."


Education support staff (OOP) must be given more opportunities to grow and professionalize. An appointment that the AOb in the collective labor agreement is that every oop'er is entitled to active support and guidance by the employer if they want to take the next step in primary education. In addition, school boards that put oopers in front of the classroom, due to the teacher shortage, must also reward these employees accordingly. “We see that oops are used more often and more structurally for the classroom,” says Evers. "Although we believe that this cannot be done without authorization, where it does happen it must affect their remuneration." The AOb bet on a pensionable allowance that must be equal to the difference between the salary amount of scale 7 step 1 and the salary amount of a teacher scale L11 step 1.


The negotiations are about a new collective labor agreement with a term of one year, because there is a lot of uncertainty in these times of crisis. The current collective labor agreement for primary education expired on 31 December 2020 and is tacitly renewed, which means that all teaching staff are still protected by this collective labor agreement.

Curious about the whole AObcommitment to these new negotiations? Download the letter

In short: here put the AOb during the new collective labor agreement negotiations:

  • A salary increase of 5 percent
  • The new CLA must have a term of 1 year
  • A home work allowance of 3 euros net per day and a good home workplace with a laptop and mobile phone
  • Agreements about the introduction of a generation pact
  • Strengthen employee participation and until then do not delegate new tasks via the collective labor agreement to mrs as long as quality has not yet improved throughout the sector
  • The add-on for pre and post work is at least 50 percent of the teaching hours
  • All PABO students must be offered an apprenticeship contract in the last year, containing an internship fee of at least 50 percent of L11 step 1.
  • Limited pay role and agency contracts. If it is used, the remuneration and terms of employment must be the same as the collective labor agreement agreements in the primary education sector

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