Several universities of applied sciences want to submit new plans to their participation councils that affect the working hours of employees.
Several universities of applied sciences want to submit new plans to their participation councils that affect the working hours of employees.

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HBO demands flexibility from employees

Working in the evenings or at the weekend, due to the adjusted schedule in Corona time. At the AOb There are several signals from HBO employees that they are being asked to do so. Is that allowed? “Four evenings a week is abnormal, but also try to think in terms of possibilities,” says AObsector manager Roelf van der Ploeg.

Several universities of applied sciences want to submit new plans to their participation councils that affect the working hours of employees. Van der Ploeg: “We see many variants, for example of working two evenings a week of which one evening can be blocked, certainly no set-up during the weekend and everything in between.”

The sector manager estimates that employers will more often ask employees to be more flexible with their working hours. “In September there will probably still be a need to spread between groups of students within the school building. Although that depends on the building. ”

CLA

Working hours in higher professional education are already very long, partly due to the offer of part-time education. In the collective labor agreement states that employees can carry out work on weekdays between 07.00:22.30 and 07.00:18.00, when the university of applied sciences is open. On Saturday this is possible between XNUMX a.m. and XNUMX p.m. In addition, each institution has its own working hours scheme in consultation with the personnel section of the participation council (PMR) with separate agreements. These agreements are guiding, but not all-determining.

Working hours in higher professional education are already very long because of part-time education

Flexibility

“Employers can always ask if you can work on a particular evening,” says de AObsector driver. However, employers must take the interests of the employee into account, regardless of the agreements made with the pmr. The specific circumstances under which managers make their request also take into account. “Flexibility can be expected from both sides,” says Van der Ploeg. “Employees must be given the time to arrange it and the hours must fit within your appointment. Ultimately, the 1659 hours of class time will continue to apply. ”

'Flexibility can be expected from both sides'

Suppose you have been working on the same three working days for ten years and you have an agreement with your employer not to work in the evenings and on Wednesdays because of informal care, then the employer cannot simply say, without consultation, that you will has to go to work. In this case that is not reasonable, also because there is a clear agreement. ”

It is different when it comes to a Thursday evening on which you actually have a game night. “Your employer does not know about this, but offers the opportunity and the time to move the evening. Then it is good to be flexible about this as an employee and to think along. Look at alternatives, counter-propose and record everything. These are crazy times, taking each other's interests into account is important and everyone wants students to get a valuable diploma. ”

Are you member of the AOb and are you unable to reach an agreement with your employer? Please contact our staff of the Information and Advice Center (IAC). 

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