New collective agreement for universities
A bonus and a 3-percent pay increase
These are the results of the collective agreement negotiations between employee organisations FNV, AC-FBZ, CNV Overheid, and AOb and employer organisation VSNU, the overarching organisation of Dutch university.
The parties also discussed how the corona crisis affects employees with temporary contracts. In order to help out these employees where possible, the parties will make 0.45 percent of the pay bargaining range available. This money will help to solve any and all financial bottlenecks that occur as result of the crisis.
In addition to the salary increase, the parties also agreed that each university will create an ombudsman position. On top of that, the vitality savings scheme has been extended to December 31, 2021. This scheme allows employees who are five years away from being entitled to a pension to work less.
The parties also agreed to a study into the development opportunities for young scientific employees. The results of this study will be taken into account in the next round of negotiations.
The agreement between the parties still has to be approved by the VSNU members and employer organisations. If they do so, the new collective agreement will officially go into effect on June 5, 2020. The new collective agreement will run from January 1 until December 31, 2020.