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 the 26th of July 2023, Universities of the Netherlands (UNL) and the employee organisations FNV, AC/FBZ, CNV Overheid and AOb, reached a definitive collective labour agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) 2023-2024. 


The English version of the cao-NU 2022-2023 is still available and can be downloaded via the menu on the right-hand side.The parties will convert the agreements from the Collective Labour Agreement into a final text, which will be online available by the end of September 2023. 

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


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 2022-2023 CLA version is accessible via this link: and will we updated soon.