Erasmus Labour Council (ELC)

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Unions negotiate and make agreements on terms and conditions of employment and working conditions at national and local level. The agreements at national level with the Universities of the Netherlands (UNL) are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO-NU).

All Universities in the Netherlands have a local negotiating platform (the lokaal overleg) where the employer (the Executive Board) negotiates with the employees about the legal position and employment conditions at the institution. The ELC also has oversight on how the EUR makes changes to adapt to the modifications in the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO).

Employees are represented in these meetings through the unions. In the case of EUR, three labour unions take part in the Erasmus Labour Council:

    If you are interested in joining a Labour Union, you can do it independently. EUR will pay annually part of your union contributions. Once you are part of a Union, you can also take part in the ELC. If you want more information, write to

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