College lecturers’ pay rise in doubt

The pay rise agreed for teachers at hbo and mbo vocational colleges is in doubt after the college councils refused to sign the agreement at the last minute, the Telegraaf reports on Wednesday.

The employers say the government has not come up with enough cash to fund the agreement.
The primary and secondary school councils have signed the deal, agreed with education minister Ronald Plasterk and teaching unions in April. The aim of the package, worth €1bn, is to solve the looming shortage of teachers by boosting salaries considerably.
‘We said yes because we hoped we could reach a deal with the unions, hbo council chairman Doekle Terpstra told the Volkskrant. ‘We knew in April there was not enough money but we did not want to be spoil sports’.
The hbo council wants to confine the pay rise to teachers at the bottom end of pay scales but the unions insist it is spread across all teachers, as agreed in the April talks.
Plasterk has refused to reopen negotiations, the Telegraaf says.

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