The unions and the universities have broken off collective labour agreement negotiations. New agreements are in place for DLO and VHL, however.
Employees of Wageningen University still have no new collective labour agreement. The Association of Universities in the Netherlands is sticking to a policy of no increases as the universities are not getting any more money from the Government. The unions are bargaining for a 1.25 per cent pay increase.
'Employees of municipalities, provinces, water boards and in teaching have all got pay increases. Universities have an enormous budget. You can invest in buildings and equipment, but you can also invest in staff', says Marieke van den Berg of the civil service union Abvakabo FNV.
The collective labour agreement negotiations were suspended at the end of April; they broke up again at the end of June. 'We are now going to take action', says Van den Berg. 'Our protest will be aimed at the executive boards during the official opening of the academic year.' Abvakabo's local branch in Wageningen says there will be protests here too.