Large majority backs two-year deal for social workers


Members of the FNV trade union have voted by a large majority to endorse the new collective agreement covering 60000 social workers that provides for pay increases totalling 15% over the next two years. The agreement also includes measures to tackle excessive workloads with permanent employees having more control over their work schedule and having precedence over freelancers. Wages increased by 7% on 1 July and there will be two further increases – one of 7% on 1 January 2024 and then one of 4% on 1 July 2024. From 1 January 2024, every permanent employee will receive at least €14 gross per hour. This means that some workers, for example, assistant janitors and cleaners, among others, will effectively see increases of 23%. The irregularity allowance for weekday night shifts and for working on Friday evenings increases from 20% to 25% and is also calculated over a higher salary scale.

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