The collective labor agreements in primary and secondary education will continue until a new collective labor agreement has been drawn up.
The collective labor agreements in primary and secondary education will continue until a new collective labor agreement has been drawn up.

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Negotiators extend collective labor agreements for primary and secondary education

The collective labor agreements in primary and secondary education from 2021, which actually expire on December 31, will both be 'tacitly' extended. The collective labor agreements remain in effect until a new one is in place.

have that AObdirectors Thijs Roovers and Jelmer Evers let us know. The ink in the 2021 collective labor agreements has just dried, but the official term has already passed. The collective labor agreements in 2021 have been negotiated for a long time, because of corona, but also because there was no new cabinet for a long time and because the unions found structural investments necessary.

New negotiations

Both collective labor agreements will continue until the unions and employers' organizations PO Council and VO Council agree on a new collective labor agreement. The AOb deliberately chooses not to terminate the collective labor agreements that expire on 1 January. This extends the existing agreements and protects employees under the conditions of the current collective labor agreements. Collective agreements that are not terminated generally remain in force for one year, unless otherwise agreed.

Negotiations start in January in secondary education. Evers: “Work pressure is at the top of the agenda, we really want to make agreements about that.” Work pressure is also difficult, because it is a 'many-headed monster'. For some teachers or support staff it means less administration, others prefer small classes or fewer teaching hours. “We must in any case work towards structural solutions. The teacher shortage is enormous and that needs to be reversed. Perspective is needed. In January we will ask our members broadly about this and other themes. We will take that into consideration during the negotiations.”

Closing the pay gap is the most important topic in primary education. In September became known that the outgoing cabinet is investing 500 million euros in reducing the pay gap. That was a first step. Then it turned out the coalition agreement that the entire wage gap is closed. Roovers: “We are now busy working on the details of this. We will provide information as soon as we know more.”

View the collective labor agreement pages for more information. Go to the page for the primary education and to the one before it secondary education. 

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