Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities

The Universiteiten van Nederland negotiates with the Labour Unions on the compensation and benefits of the University staff (with the exception of the Executive Board). Compensation and benefits cover matters such as salary, leave, pension and social security.


On 12 May 2022, Universities of the Netherlands (UNL) and the employee organisations FNV, AC/FBZ, CNV Overheid and AOb, reached a negotiation settlement on the new 2022-2023 Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). The parties will determine, by 9 June 2022 at the latest, whether this negotiation settlement will be converted into a definitive agreement. 

Until that time the caoNU (the latest version of the Collective Labour Agreement) 2021-2022 is still valid, and can be downloaded via the menu on the right-hand side.


The universities and Labour Unions together launched a ‘public friendly’ version of the Collective Labour Agreement. This website provides a general outline of the Collective Labour Agreement and clearly sets out the most important information on employment conditions. 


The 2017-2019 CLA version is accessible via this link:

The Universiteiten van Nederland holds consultations with the following unions:
•    FNV Overheid
•    AC/FBZ
•    CNV Overheid, onderdeel van CNV Connectief
•    AOb