AObmembers of higher professional education are generally satisfied with the new collective labor agreement, but there are also questions. Especially about upscaling.
AObmembers of higher professional education are generally satisfied with the new collective labor agreement, but there are also questions. Especially about upscaling.

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Constituencies agree with collective labor agreement for higher professional education

De AObrank and file have agreed to the new collective labor agreement in higher professional education. Employers and members of other unions too. This makes the agreement concluded at the end of May final.

In the new collective labor agreement, a 2,75 percent wage increase has been agreed, plus a one-off payment of 880 euros that the staff will receive this month in their account. That amount is gross and in proportion to the employment.

Unanimous

Nine out of ten AObmembers in higher professional education agreed last week to the new collective labor agreement that runs from April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. The XNUMX-person sector council, a delegation of these members, was unanimously positive.

Although the CLA also raised questions, a survey conducted by the AOb loved among its college members. The reason is a rule of conduct for employers that is included in the agreement. The rule means that if a higher professional education institution advertises for a new colleague and requires a master's degree, from now on there must also be a master's position and therefore a 'master's salary' - read: a salary in scale 11. And not in scale 10, as is often the case in practice.

'In our study program, qualifying for a higher scale is a matter of arbitrariness'

From the comments in the AObsurvey shows that even current teachers with a master's degree, who also perform 'master's tasks', often do not yet receive the salary that corresponds to their position. 'In our study program, qualifying for a higher scale is a matter of arbitrariness', one of them shares. 'Teachers are in the same scale for years on end (…) regardless of commitment and qualities.' Another says: 'I don't feel heard and even cheated if new teachers are given priority over the current ones.'

Report

Rolf van der Ploeg, AObsector manager for higher professional education, explains that even for current staff, if they have completed a master's degree and are engaged in so-called master's tasks - such as developing education - they belong in scale 11. “That is simply the currently applicable system. We know that a number of universities of applied sciences do not apply this principle correctly. ”

De AOb calls on members concerned to report. Van der Ploeg: “If you think you actually have a scale 11 position, please register the legal service of the AOb. There are lawyers who understand job evaluation. " The AOb has already been able to help a number of members to the rightful salary in this way.

Also notable in the responses to the poll is that some members had hoped that the AOb got out more than 2,75 percent over nine months, plus the one-off payment. While others had expected less: 'That's fine, but it feels a bit strange given the employees fired by the corona and people who are now struggling financially.'

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