Get more out of the collective labor agreement
In the collective labor agreements about which AObadministrators have negotiated in recent months a variety of arrangements to benefit educators in all sectors. The Education Magazine asked negotiators about their favorite collective labor agreements and the way in which you can use them.
Below is an overview with all the regulations of the various education sectors.
- Use training hours as you see fit
Article 9.5 and 9.7 Collective Labor Agreement for Primary Education 2018-2019
Every employee with a full-time job in primary education receives two training hours per week for individual professional development. “It is very important that teachers and educational supporters are allowed to know for themselves what they spend these hours on,” says AObsector manager Anton Bodegraven. "It could be anything. If a teacher wants to keep up with professional literature, he can use these hours for that. The teaching staff draws up a personal development plan in consultation with the manager and decides which development they want to go through. They are accountable afterwards. ”
The rules for individual professionalisation are clearly described on page 136 of the collective labor agreement. Yet there is confusion about the time to be spent, Bodegraven notes. This is due to an old collective labor agreement from 2014. “It stated that 10 percent of the annual job was intended for professionalization and that employers were allowed to use half of the training hours from the standard annual job. The misconception is that employers think that this is still the case under the new collective labor agreement. This is not going well at all schools. If your director says that you have to schedule these individual hours for three joint training days, that is not possible. ”
- Maintaining sustainable employability is a broad concept
Article 8A.4 CLA for primary education 2018-2019
Teachers and educational support staff are allowed to use XNUMX hours per year for sustainable employability. Starters are given eighty hours a year. Bodegraven: "This includes everything that keeps you good, healthy and in front of you for longer." The article contains several examples for which teachers and support staff can use the hours. For example, peer review, study leave, coaching and activities that are not tied to place or time.
Part 3 of the collective labor agreement article is particularly unknown: it states that teaching staff can also use these hours for other purposes in consultation with the employer. Bodegraven: “As long as it increases sustainable employability. Do you want a yoga course or mindfulness because this keeps you in front of the class longer? Then you can with this appointment. You can always try this at the employer with the collective labor agreement in hand. ”
- A replacement in case of illness is entitled to a higher hourly wage
Article 7.1 Cao for secondary education 2018-2019
Teachers who are deprived of illness receive a higher hourly wage in secondary schools. It's about 3 percent more per hour. It is advisable to check whether this allowance is stated on your payslip, says AObsector board Herman Molleman. He explains: “Lecturers with a permanent contract are given fifty clock hours per year to deploy themselves, for example to reduce their teaching duties. Replacements do not receive those hours, but instead receive a higher hourly wage for those fifty clock hours. At the AOb questions about this never come in, so I wonder whether this happens in practice. "
- Money for professionalization can be widely used
Articles 16.5 and 16.6 Cao for secondary education 2018-2019
"In this CLA text, the words 'all forms of expertise promotion and professionalization' are important," says AObsector manager Herman Molleman. It means that the scheme is 'broad' and that teachers and support staff must think beyond just professionalisation at school. Molleman gives as an example a math teacher who would like a subscription to a pricey scientific journal with apps and books. “This money could do that,” says the sector manager. “Or a technology teacher who wants to get his big bus driver's license: that is also possible with this scheme. It is about the individual wishes of the staff. Perhaps the technology teacher is around 50 years old and wants to be part-time in the classroom in a number of years and also be a driver, so that he can keep it up. Then it is a good combination. ”
There are still many misunderstandings about this scheme, says Molleman. “Managers say to me that they have never heard of the wide spending possibilities of the scheme. Or employers try to add 600 euros per employee to a joint training. That is allowed, but they have to ask for approval. "
Many teaching staff give up when they hear from their employer that it is 'not possible' and do not continue the discussion. “But”, says the sector manager, “school boards reimburse sums of money each year because no use is made of this scheme. If you do not commit to saving the budget, it will expire. And believe me: schools do not promote this collective labor agreement. So start the conversation and of course there are limits, but this arrangement gives you a lot of legitimacy. ”
- Use the right to extra reward
Article 12.9 Cao for secondary education 2018-2019
“You often hear: the salary is rigid, extra tasks are not rewarded,” says AObsector manager Herman Molleman. Nevertheless, article 12.9 of the collective labor agreement does allow for this. “And no, throwing rewards is not the idea. It has to be done in moderation, but it is also not always laborious work of waste paper. ” This article gives the staff section of the participation council the opportunity to consider what remuneration, such as a bonus, bonus or extra periodic bonus, colleagues will receive who deliver an extraordinary performance and when something is an extraordinary performance.
Molleman: “Suppose a teacher from the lower school replaces a teacher in the upper school for three months, but had no experience with it and had to do a lot of extra work. Does such a person receive a bonus? ” The council has the right of initiative and can make policy on this in consultation with the employer. “People can never say it was favoritism. Still, I'm afraid this is a dusty article that is not often used. ”
Secondary MBO education
- Compensation for irregular work underutilized
Articles 6.5, 6.6 and 6.7 Cao for secondary vocational education 2016-2017
Education management staff (OBP), such as teacher assistants or instructors, who regularly work outside 08.00 a.m. and 18.00 p.m., are entitled to compensation. Recent inquiries show that many supporters are not aware of this. This concerns OBP up to and including salary scale 10. AObsector manager Hélène Jansen says that irregular work often occurs in MBO, for example in the green AOCs where animals need care at the weekend. Jansen: “The CLA contains a table with the allowances. For example, if you work on a Saturday between 6.00 a.m. and 22.00 p.m., you will receive 45 percent per hour on top of the hourly wage. On a public holiday you will be paid twice per hour. So check the payslip. Recently I have heard that 'time for time' is being given, while the collective labor agreement indicates that payment must be made for irregular work. ”
A surcharge also applies to teachers up to and including salary scale LC for an irregular shift during the weekend or a public holiday. Working weeks, excursions and one open day per year are excluded.
If OBP works more on the instructions of the employer than the hours for which they are scheduled, they will be paid 'time for time' and the hours with an extra percentage on the hourly wage. “I often hear surprised reactions when I say that payment is also included in the collective labor agreement for overtime,” says Jansen.
- Negotiate your training process
Article 2.3a Cao for secondary vocational education 2016-2017
People from the business world, such as technicians or healthcare workers, regularly switch to MBO. They have a contract and are in the classroom, but have yet to get their diploma. AObsector manager Hélène Jansen says that this group of starting employees must make clear agreements in advance about the training process. “Negotiate this well before signing the employment contract and just in the period after. The collective labor agreement states that you are entitled to coaching, time and a budget for the study in order to meet the competence requirements. ”
Jansen also advises to opt for the shortened teacher training instead of obtaining a pedagogical-didactic certificate. “With a teacher training diploma, you can work as a teacher at any MBO institution in the Netherlands, even if they have a VMBO department. With a certificate you are less versatile. It often concerns specific courses that are aimed at the school where you are appointed. ”
Higher vocational education
In higher professional education, many regulations have been agreed locally, differing per university of applied sciences. AOb-HBO sector manager Roelf van der Ploeg knows, for example, that at many universities of applied sciences, teaching staff are allowed to use the sports facilities for students. Van der Ploeg: “This is often in combination with a university. Saxion, for example, has such an agreement. So take a look at the school's website to see which special arrangements apply. ”
- Right to two weeks of paid care leave
Article J.11 Cao higher professional education 2018-2020
According to the collective labor agreement, all HBO employees receive two weeks of paid care leave if there is necessary care for a partner, child or parent. AObsector manager Roelf van der Ploeg notices that not many people make use of Article J.11. “Often employees take a day off or swap lessons with a colleague,” he says. Still, according to this agreement, you will be released if your toddler is sick. “It's mainly about the word necessary,” says Van der Ploeg. “You don't leave a young child or a ninety-year-old mother with a broken hip at home. You have to find a balance in this and be pragmatic. ”
- Use the collective health insurance of universities of applied sciences
Preamble to the Collective Labor Agreement for higher professional education 2018-2020
Every university of applied sciences has a collective health insurance policy. Part of the insurance is that the universities of applied sciences also provide facilities for work-related care. Van der Ploeg: "I am sure that people will visit a physiotherapist and pay for it, while this may be covered by the insurance of the school." You can think of a speech therapist if you have a sore throat from talking during lectures or back pain because as a teacher you stand a lot. “Coaches are also often covered by insurance. Ask the school about the conditions. ”
- Ample opportunities for professionalization in higher education
Article O-4 Collective Labor Agreement for higher professional education 2018-2019
The HBO agreement on professionalization is the most extensive of all educational sectors. “The boss reimburses 100 percent in time and money for the study for all the teaching staff and makes written agreements about this with his supervisor,” says AObsector manager Roelf van der Ploeg. Please note footnote 8. “As a rule, this concerns part-time courses. It is not the case that you can study 100 percent of the working time. You may not use more than 40 percent of the job size per year for professionalization. ”
Read more in your CLA? Go to the page Cao & Salary on the website of the AOb.