New police collective labour agreement signed
Over the next few years, police officers are set to receive a salary increase of 8% and two gross payments of €400. These agreements were signed today by Minister Grapperhaus of Justice and Security, Police Chief Erik Akerboom and the chairs of the police unions as part of the 2018-2020 police employment conditions agreement. The new collective labour agreement (CLA) also includes agreements on work schedules, sustainable employability, safety and healthy working conditions, career opportunities and training, among other topics.
Minister Grapperhaus: ‘Negotiations between the unions, the police force and the Ministry have borne an excellent result. In the past few months, I have spoken many times with officers from various regions, also with the aim of getting a clear understanding of the problems and criticisms. I believe this CLA properly addresses the justifiable concerns of work pressure and officers leaving the force, for example. I have made a personal commitment to the unions to assess the implementation of these agreements together with them and the police force management team once every four months.’
Reduced work pressure, greater flexibility
The human aspects of police work are and remain highly important. Police work is not simply viewed as an ‘ordinary’ job, but as part of a police officer’s identity. Police officers are committed to keeping society safe. It is crucial to invest constantly in knowledge and expertise, adequate coaching and support.
Agreements have been made with the police and unions to, on the one hand, alleviate work and scheduling pressure and, on the other, promote flexibility within the organisation. For example, police officers will have more say over their schedules thanks to the implementation of self and group scheduling. Furthermore, a ‘social maximum’ will be introduced, which is the sum of overtime and night work, for example. Officers who exceed the maximum will be awarded additional leave.
An additional 10 million euros annually is to be earmarked for flexibilisation, further development and expansion of specialist police training, in areas such as forensic investigation and driving proficiency. Agreements have also been made on training and knowledge levels for officers and the associated career paths. Furthermore, mobility between various police roles is to be promoted.
A total of 8% extra
The first salary increase of 3% comes into force as of 1 July 2018 with retroactive effect. This will be followed by a rise of 2% as of 1 July 2019 and a rise of 2.7% as of 1 July 2020. The annual year-end bonus will be increased from 8% to 8.33% as of 1 January 2019. The two non-recurring gross payments of €400 will follow in November 2018 (with retroactive effect for 1 January 2018) and in January 2019.