The new collective labour agreement will be in force until 1 January 2021. The pay rise will apply from 1 June. Anyone working at the university at the time will also receive a one-off gross bonus of 750 euros (for part-timers: part of this).

The negotiators acknowledge the consequences of the corona crisis for temporary staff and have reserved money for them: 0.45 percent of the ‘payroll margin’. This means 0.45 percent of the total salary costs of universities.

Solidarity

“This is a special agreement that acknowledges the solidarity and commitment of university staff with temporary contracts,” the negotiators write.

Further agreements will be reached about the use of that money. This concerns the renewal of temporary contracts for researchers, PhD students and lecturers, for example, as well as for support staff who assist them in their work.

Ombudsperson

It has also been agreed that all universities will appoint an ombudsperson (or: ombudsperson role) who staff can consult if they have a conflict. This role must be in place in all universities in a year’s time.

By 5 June at the latest, it must be known whether the employers (united in the VSNU) and the members of the trade unions (FNV, CNV Overheid, AOb and AC/FBZ) have approved the agreement.