2.05% pay rise for water authority employees

Netherlands

The FNV trade union reports that pay rates for water authority workers are set to increase by EUR 50, backdated to 1 January 2021. There will also be two increases of 0.5% to the individual choice budget (IKB) as of 1 January and 1 July. The union says that on average, this amounts to a 2.05% salary increase. The personal basic budget (PBB) will be increased from EUR 5,000 to at least EUR 6,000 for five years. The IKB and PBB can be used to exchange salary for other benefits such as annual leave. The new agreement also includes provisions on standby duty allowance and parental leave. Provisions on working from home, negotiated last year, are integrated into the agreement. They include a daily payment of EUR 3.00, a one-off reimbursement of EUR 250 and a maximum of EUR 600 for furnishing a home workplace. This is on top of the laptop and other equipment supplied by the employer. The agreement is being voted on by members.