Netherlands -Collective agreement for general practitioners -July 24, 2015

Trade unions and employers in general practice have reached a collective agreement that will run retroactively from 1 March 2015 to 1 March 2017. The agreement contains an average 3.75% wage increase, broken down to 1.5% per 1 March 2015, €20 per 1 January 2016, and 1.1% and 10.5% increases by 1 April 2016 and 1 January 2017 respectively. The collective agreement contains several other clauses, including the abolition of obligatory night shifts for employees of 62 years and older, the possibility to buy or sell up to 38 hours of paid leave per year and an increase of interns’ allowances from €100 to €150 per month. From 1 January 2016, unemployment benefits will start being reduced in length and build up with tenure.


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