On the 7th of June 2023, the commissioners of education, the school boards, personnel representatives and the unions on Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius signed the second addendum to the labor conditions agreement for 2021– 2023.
This agreement pertains to the following: • Closing the wage gap between primary and secondary education; • 4% wage increase as of the 1st of January 2022 for all personnel in the education system; • Workload-related funds for schools that offer advanced education (including MBO); • Professionalization-related funds for schools that offer primary and advanced education (including MBO). In order to close the wage gap, structural funds are available from the Education Agreement and the Hermans motion. Now that the wage gap has been closed, salary scale LA will become void and all primary education teachers will be placed in scales LB, LC and LD. This measure will apply retroactively until the 1st of January 2022. Salary-related funds that were still available after closing the wage gap, as well as labor-related funds left over from the labor conditions agreement 2021-2023, were used for a structural salary increase of 4% for all teaching and non-teaching personnel in PO, VO and MBO education. The competent authority of the schools, namely the school board (for advanced education, including MBO), was offered structural funds to relieve the workload encountered by staff. Before these funds can be used, the school board must consult the participation council of the school. The competent authorities (school boards) of the schools that offer primary and advanced education have also been offered extra funds in order to maintain professionalism, knowledge and teacher expertise. The competent authority must also consult the participation of the school before these funds can be used. The above-mentioned measures in the addendum came into effect immediately once the addendum was signed. The competent authorities can now start paying the salary-related measures in question.