In the negotiations it was established that how the social agreement between the social partners and the Dutch Cabinet will affect our cao is still not clear. The employee organisations questioned the employers about the possibilities to still give a salary increase in 2013 or a one-off payment. The employers gave arguments as to why that is not possible. On that point the negotiations stopped and these will be resumed on 28 May. Meanwhile it will be investigated how the social agreement will affect the research institutes. The trade unions will also consult their members about the possibility of a cao without a salary increase.