Po and vo will go up straight from now on
Po and vo will go up straight from now on

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Result of collective labor agreement negotiations: 4,75 percent more, pay gap remains closed

A wage increase of 4,75 percent and a one-off payment of 500 euros: these are two important parts of the negotiated agreement for primary education that was concluded today. The pay gap with secondary education therefore remains closed.

With the 4,75 percent pay increase, effective July 1, salaries for primary school teachers, school leaders and support staff will continue to match the salaries of their secondary school colleagues. In addition, employees in primary education who are employed on 1 July will receive a one-off payment of 500 euros (gross and pro rata to the employment). Also this part of the negotiator po corresponds to the one-off payment from their colleagues in secondary education, where yesterday a negotiator result vo was reached.

'What the AOb The pay gap is closed and will never open again'

Both collective labor agreements will expire at the same time: on 1 May 2023. The pay gap – the difference in salary between teachers in primary education and their colleagues in secondary education – is and will remain a thing of the past.

The negotiator's result for the new primary education collective agreement follows a few months after the conclusion of the previous primary education collective agreement, which had a very short duration. With the previous collective labor agreement, after years of campaigning, the pay gap with secondary education was bridged in one go.

"One historical result”, explained AObdirector Thijs Roovers on that occasion. “The main goal in these negotiations was not to create a new gap in salaries,” says Roovers now. "And it worked. What the AOb That gap is closed and will never open again. From now on, we would like to conclude collective agreements in primary and secondary education at the same time, with the same percentages and durations.”

Parental leave

Two other important points in the negotiator's agreement are parental leave and professionalisation. In primary education, employees were already entitled to paid parental leave, whereby the parents were paid 55 percent. A new law will come into effect in August, whereby all Dutch people are entitled to a compensation of 70 percent.

“We go a step further in primary education,” says Roovers. “And make it 75 percent, for the first 415 hours you record in your child's first year of life. And if we have money left over after the law comes into effect, which I expect, we will spend it on improving the travel expenses scheme in primary education. Because it is nothing to write home about.”

'The money for professionalization goes to the teams in the schools: they can decide for themselves what it is spent on'

Finally, 65 million euros has been set aside in the negotiator's agreement for professionalisation. "In the Education agreement concluded with the Cabinet earlier this year, it states that in education we will give more priority to basic skills in the field of language and math," says Roovers. “There is now money available with which teachers and support staff can further professionalize in those areas. That money is used in the same way that the money for reducing work pressure was also spent a few years ago: the teams at school decide for themselves what it is spent on.”


The negotiator's agreement is submitted to the AObmembers who can vote on it. “I advise positively,” says Roovers. “This is an agreement that I can support. We have now concluded two collective labor agreements in a short time, whereby the salaries will improve significantly.”

And aren't you yet AObmember, become that then, advises Roovers. “Then you can vote on your collective labor agreement and, just as importantly, have a say in the development of education and your profession. We can use that input to get things done in The Hague. Together you are stronger – and that does not only apply to concluding your collective labor agreement.”

Read more: it press release on the negotiating agreement.


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