Parties, Preamble and Status of the CAO-OI

1. Parties

The Parties to this Collective Labour Agreement are The Employers' Association of Research Institutes (WVOI), on behalf of the following research institutes:

  • The National Library of the Netherlands (KB)
  • The Dutch Research Council (NWO)
  • The Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I)

and The employee organisations

  • AOb
  • CNV Onderwijs, part of CNV Connectief
  • FNV

The Parties hereby declare that they entered into this Collective Labour Agreement at The Hague on 21 July 2022.

2. Preamble

Research institutes fulfil a prominent role in the Dutch and international knowledge infra-structure. They make an essential contribution to the Dutch and international knowledge-based economy. Academic research and innovation are fundamental to the prosperity and welfare of the Netherlands. Societal challenges and questions are therefore leading for the research institutes. In other to be able to work together to enhance scientific knowledge, they need to be attractive employers for their three thousand employees, now and in the future.

Salary development

  • Salaries will increase by 4% with effect from 1 August 2022. In addition, every employee employed on 1 August 2022 will receive a one-off payment of 1.050 euros before tax, with this payment being calculated according to the size of the contract and the number of months for which the employee was employed in the period from 1 January to 31 July 2022.
  • Salaries will increase by 2% on 1 January 2023.

In accordance with the usual system, the salary increases will also be carried through in pensions and benefits.

Parental leave
With effect from 1 August 2022, the collective labor agreement article on remuneration during parental leave and repayment obligation (article 5.15) will be adjusted to the new legislation on partially paid parental leave. The total number of 13 weeks of partially paid parental leave will be retained. Parental leave taken during the first year of a child’s life will be paid at 70% of the salary for 13 weeks instead of the 9 legally prescribed weeks. If the parental leave is only taken in one of the following three years of a child’s life, the existing arrangement will continue to apply, meaning that 55% of the salary will continue to be paid for 13 weeks.

Diversity and inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are themes that both the employers’ organisations and the employee organisations consider to be important and that are supported in the CAO-OI through various provisions. During the course of the CAO-OI, the CAO-OI parties will examine the possibilities for a more inclusive CAO-OI in the text and in the provisions. For example, they want to examine a form of transition leave, and the possibility to detach leave from religion.

3. Status of the CAO-OI

The CAO-OI applies a collective labour agreement in the sense of the Collective Agreements Act. This CAO has the status of a standard collective labour agreement from which there can be no derogation, unless this is explicitly allowed by the CAO. The CAO implements article 4.5 of the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act (WHW), insofar as agreed on at sector level. This CAO shall be reported as a standard collective labour agreement to the Health and Safety Inspectorate (DCA) of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.