There is a negotiation agreement for secondary education.
There is a negotiation agreement for secondary education.

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Negotiation agreement collective labor agreement: 1,8 percent wage increase

A structural wage increase of 1,8 percent: that is the result that the unions and employers in secondary education have achieved after long negotiations. “It is obvious that The Hague must now also invest in secondary education,” warns AOb-driver Jelmer Evers already.

The wage increase (1,5 percent structural plus 0,33 percent year-end bonus structurally) will take effect retroactively from 1 October this year. In addition, each employee receives a one-off payment of 800 euros, depending on the duration of the employment in 2021 and the size of the employment. An amount has been chosen, instead of a percentage, as compensation for the period 1 January to 1 October 2021. This is more favorable for colleagues with a lower income.

Negotiations on the collective labor agreement were deadlocked for months. This has to do with the long-term formation, but also with the collective labor agreement table itself. “The unions were not given insight into the amount that is available – an amount that is stated in the cabinet's so-called 'space letter',” says Evers. “In any case, it is clear that there is not enough money to raise salaries and tackle the workload.”

'Energy costs are rising, so is inflation, the expensive holidays are just around the corner: something had to be done'

The reason that in the end a negotiator's agreement has been achieved is that this money will be made available for teaching staff. “Otherwise it will disappear in the lump sum. A pay rise has been too long in coming,” says Evers. “Energy costs are rising, inflation too, the expensive holidays are just around the corner: something had to be done.”


According to the AObmanager, secondary education requires a substantial structural investment. “For improving wages and, in particular, for tackling the workload. For example, there is a real urgent need for money to reduce class sizes and for better guidance and professionalisation. Working in secondary education must be made more attractive, because the teacher shortage is taking on frightening proportions.”


De AOb focuses on at The Hague. Evers: “If there are no investments, we will take action. But we must first make it clear to all that things can no longer go on like this, then politics will start moving. “

"We must now all make it clear that it can no longer go on like this, then politics will start moving."

There is also a real opportunity. “The formation is still underway, and education party D66 has promised to really focus on education. I want to keep them to that promise”, says Evers. “There we go on the formation table to address and we call on our members to speak up.”


Experience in primary education shows that campaigning works. Evers: “We can do that in secondary education too. So I say: join in and take action. This will be necessary to reach a good collective labor agreement on work pressure in the spring.”

All secondary education members of the AOb received an email today with a link to the vote on this negotiator agreement. They can let us know what they think of this pay increase. The sector council will then give a blow to the agreement reached.

Op 20 en 27 October keeps the AOb online meetings where members can talk to the negotiators. Sign In! 

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