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Negotiators' Agreement Collective Labour Agreement 2018-2019

On 12 February, the employers, united within the WVOI (NWO, NWO-I and KB), concluded a negotiators' agreement about a new collective labour agreement (CLA) with the employees' organisations, taking effect from 1 January 2018 and with a term of two years. The most important agreements are listed below.

Salary increase
As from 1 February 2018, the salaries will be increased by 2 percent with a one-off supplement up to €1,000 for employees for whom the salary increase is lower than € 1,000 gross on an annual basis in the case of full-time employment. This supplement will be paid out as a lump sum payment in the month of July 2018 and is based on the (new) salary of 1 February 2018.
As from 1 January 2019, the salaries will be increased by 2.4 percent.

Sustainable employability
CLA parties have agreed a number of measures in order to guarantee the subject of sustainable employability in the CLA and to make it a subject of discussion within the organisation. The most important agreements are:

  • Generation plan regulations as from 1 July 2018, which make provisions for employees who have five years or less to go before the state pension age to work one or two days less per week, whereby 50 percent of the salary will continue to be paid for those days and the pension accrual will be continued in full.
    The negotiators' agreement includes the proviso that the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration agrees to the generation plan.
  • The possibility is added to the Customized conditions of employment (Arbeidsvoorwaarden op Maat, AVOM) to save a maximum of 890 hours of leave (the sum of five years' leave over and above the statutory entitlement) in order to temporarily adjust the working hours. This is conditional upon agreeing at the start of the saving period when and how the leave will be used. This increases the opportunities for employees to find a good balance between work and private life.

Temporary employment
The possibility to enter into temporary employment will be changed in two ways:

  • The temporary employment period before assessing whether it is possible to enter into employment for an indefinite period will be reduced from two years to one year.
  • An addition will be made to the CLA that years of service with employers within the NWO umbrella organisation will count towards the provisions relating to the way in which the CLA counts consecutive periods in order to establish whether there is successive employment.

The negotiators' agreement that is attached at the bottom of this message has been concluded with the employees' organisations AC/FBZ, CNV Overheid, FNV Overheid and VAWO/CMHF. The employees' organisation will now present the agreement to their members and will announce whether there is a definitive CLA no later than 12 March 2018.

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