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Collective Labour Agreement For Dutch Universities (Cao Nu)

You can read here the text of the final collective agreement (only in Dutch). Trade union and trade union organisations FNV, AC/FBZ, CNV Overheid and VAWO/CMHF and the Federation of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) have reached a negotiation agreement on a new collective agreement that will affect some 50,000 university staff in the Netherlands. By June 30, after consultation with representatives, the parties will decide whether this negotiating regime should be transformed into a final agreement. Last Friday, June 5, the parties to the collective agreement reached a final agreement on the CAD-NU. The new CAD-NU will run from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021. Here are the main features of the CAD-NU agreement: this is why personal development, sustainable employability and the mobility of staff at Dutch universities are of the utmost importance. The parties reserve a one-time pay margin of 0.45 per cent for ancillary financing of bottlenecks in response to the costs associated with COVID 19`s problems related to the terms and conditions of employment of our employees. In this context, it may be possible to extend the working times of scientists, PhD students, teachers and support and management staff (OBPs). Agreements will be reached in the coming weeks on how universities can benefit from this reserve. The amount of staff costs to be financed can be taken into account in the salary scales of the Dutch Association of Universities (Dutch abatement: VSNU).

The salary scales were agreed in the “Memorandum of Understanding for the Promotion of Scientific Research” and are based on the collective agreement (Dutch abbreviated: CAD) of Dutch universities. On 5 June 2020, the employers` organisation and the union reached a final agreement on the 2020 collective agreement for Dutch universities. The parties agreed on a structural wage increase of 3.0% on 1 June 2020. In addition, on the basis of a full-time employment contract, all employees receive a one-time payment of 750 euros gross. Approval of scientific research funding defines reciprocal commitments to staff recruited by institutions and funded by the Dutch Research Community (NWO, Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek). These are based on the collective agreements of the VSNU (for universities) and the NFU (for academic medical centres). The 2017-2019 version of CLA is available via this link: www.labouragreementuniversities.nl/. The information about the collective agreement provided on this site is not exhaustive, so it is not possible to deduct rights. If you want to read the full text of the Dutch Universities Collective Agreement (NU CAO), you can download it in its entirety or click on the hyperlinks to view the corresponding articles of the OAC. In addition, 0.45% of the wage margin is earmarked for the financing of bottlenecks related to Covid-19 costs.

This could include, for example, an extension of fixed-term contracts for PhD students. In addition, a mediator function will be established in all universities based on the evaluation of the Ombudsman pilot project. The collective agreement (cao) applies from July 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019 included. The agreements will be implemented as soon as possible in the text of the collective agreement. Universities and unions have jointly launched a “public-friendly” version of the collective agreement. This website provides a general overview of the collective agreement and provides a clear overview of the most important information on terms of employment.

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