Outcome of the negotiations on the police’s Collective Labour Agreement

Today Minister van der Steur and the police unions arrived at an outcome for the negotiations for a new Collective Labour Agreement for the police. All concerned parties are very pleased to have arrived at this outcome following the advice of Mr Borstlap during recent weeks. The unions will present the results to its members in the coming period. The Agreement will be concluded formally afterwards.

The parties succeeded in arranging certain aspects for the police, in addition to a pay increase of 1.25% effective 1 September 2015, a one-time payment of 500 Euro in 2015, and 3.0% effective 1 January in 2016. By redeploying the police's existing budgets for employment conditions, funds were made available to facilitate a pay increase of 1% effective 1 July 2016. In addition, a pay increase of 1.25% was agreed to for 2017. A one-time career contribution of 500 Euro will also be paid as compensation for the diminished career possibilities during the National Police’s formation phase. On-call reimbursement will be doubled for agents. Arrangements were also made to enhance the ratio between work- and rest times, and the number of training hours were increased so that police agents will be even better equipped for their task. The parties also arrived at progressive arrangements with respect to career development and sustainable employability. According to Minister van der Steur, this Agreement provides a fair and decent Collective Labour Agreement for all police employees.

Minister van der Steur and the police trade unions also made agreements for the continued payment of variable wage components during holidays. This pertains to the operational allowance, consignment fees, overtime pay, compensation for shifts in working hours and the ME allowance. This follows the decision of 29 May 2015 by the Centrale Raad van Beroep (Central Council of Appeal). The amount is paid out when the total of the five wage components exceeds the threshold amount of € 720 on an annual basis. The amount to be paid out is 4/48 of the annual total for these five components. This regime will come into force on 1 January 2016. A buyout scheme will apply for the period from 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2015. The same system as that which applies for the structural approach, will also apply to this buyout scheme.