Last Friday evening, VAWO members voted en masse for the merger with the Algemene Onderwijsbond (AOb). Of all the votes cast, 97% were in favor of the merger. VAWO chairman Roel Pieterman is pleased with this: “It’s overwhelming that so many members have expressed their confidence in our plans. As the VAWO board, we have always said: we want to continue! Now we say: we can!”
After many good talks, initial introductions to staff and productive project groups, a merger proposal for the merger of VAWO and the General Education Association (AOb) is now available for inspection at the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel).
While Minister Van Engelshoven of Education defended her policy a bit further on in the Pieterskerk in Leiden, the initiator of the WOinActie Rens Bod called for her resignation at the Court in Leiden. More than a thousand scientists, support staff, students and administrators who had come to the True Opening of the Academic Year yesterday answered this call with applause.
The current austerity policy of Minister Van Engelshoven of Education poses a serious threat to science and to university education in the Netherlands. In doing so, the minister misses the mark by focusing unilaterally on applied science, while collaboration between all fields of science leads to valuable scientific breakthroughs.
In Britain, it pays to be a member of a trade union. In a recent collective agreement on education, it was agreed that trade union members would receive their salary increases three months earlier than the so-called free riders.
Approximately 16,000 people with an ABP pension do not take advantage of the non-contributory accrual and disability pensions, although they may be entitled to them. This is clear from a message from the ABP pension fund itself. The pension fund is currently working on mapping out the individual situation of (former) members.