(December 2016) Health unions, including the FNV, NU'91, CNV and FBZ have negotiated a new separate collective agreement for midwives that runs from April 2016 to December 2017. The agreement has been declared generally binding which means it will cover all 10000 workers in the sector. Some terms and conditions have been inherited from the nursing and care agreement which previously covered midwives. Employers and unions hope to address some of the specific demands of the sector including working time and excessive workloads. Wages will rise by 3% and there will be a higher year-end bonus and an increased allowance for irregular hours.