An agreement in principle was reached on a new collective labour agreement for civil officers. The FNV trade union and the Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG) report that. They’ve agreed a salary increase of 6.25 per cent for a two-year interval. Additionally, everyone who’s employed from now will get a one-time payment of 750 euros. Agreements also have been made about abandon and energy schemes. The Collective Labor Agreement for Municipalities applies to 160,000 civil servants, from trash collectors to office employees, also runs from 1 January 2019 to 1 January 2021. The consultations between the parties began in December this past year, but got stuck in April since the parties couldn’t agree, among other matters about a wage growth. “Long fight” “A variety of activities have been demanded and weeks of hard negotiations, but there’s a collective arrangement which looks fantastic, with sufficient added salary to keep decent buying power and the energy strategy has been further afield,” says Bert de Haas, manager at FNV Government. The VNG calls it”a wonderful arrangement where the admiration for our people can also be expressed concerning cash”. The collective arrangements created are still being filed into the union members. Following their arrangement, the collective agreement will come into effect.