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Unions in the Local Consultative Body

Four unions represent Leiden University employees in the Local Consultative Body. The union delegation has at least six and no more than eight members who are appointed by their own unions:

Unions Internal members External members

Marc Fluttert

Emke Clifford Kocq van Breugel

J. Klerks
CNV Overheid Ian Hornes W. Pijnacker
FNV Overheid Joop de Kort
Margriet Suijten
J. Boersma
AOb Nicole van Os 
A. Charifi

Beatrix Pehlemann is the secretary of the Local Consultative Body.

Overview of unions

There are several benefits to joining a union:

  • legal help from a lawyer in the event of a legal conflict
  • an advantageous package of insurance policies
  • help with your tax return
  • training for members who are active in staff and student participation.

Below is a summary of the four university unions.



Benefits of joining AC-HOP:

  • The union with the lowest membership fee.
  • Strong in representing individual interests. We help you in a conflict situation, and if the situation becomes too complex, we can involve legal specialists.
  • Small union with short lines of communication. AC-HOP arose in universities.
  • No political or religious affiliations. AC-HOP respects all personal opinions and convictions.
  • Experience of specific problems relating to universities. AC-HOP is there to represent your interests in this specific sector.
  • AC-HOP is involved in implementing the CAO and university regulations.

Register to join on the AC-HOP website. For more information, contact Marc Fluttert.

CNV Overheid

CNV Overheid

CNV derives its inspiration from Christian-socialist principles and believes that all of us have the goal of ‘reaching our destination’.

The CNV strives for a society in which opportunities are as equal as possible and sustainability is a central concern. CNV is already focusing on job market in 2030-2040, while negotiating good terms of employment to make your work pleasurable.

Register to join on the CNV Overheid website. For more information, contact Ian Hornes.

FNV Overheid

FNV Overheid

FNV is dedicated to working conditions, pensions, co-determination and career policy.

FNV is an important partner in negotiating your terms of employment and takes the opinions of its members very seriously. It is also familiar with the University and plays an important role in representing not only individual but primarily collective interests. FNV also gives shape to solidarity, for instance by devoting extra attention to people are further removed from the job market and funding educational projects in developing countries.

Register to join on the FNV Overheid website. For more information contact Joop de Kort and Margriet Suijten.



AOb (affiliated with the FNV) is the only union in the Netherlands for those employed in education, from primary to university level. At Leiden University it is dedicated to achieving a fundamental improvement in staff and career policy.

Current University policy is at the expense of academic quality and is therefore unacceptable. The number of employees with temporary contracts continues to increase. This means that growing numbers of employers are likely to be dismissed when they become eligible for a permanent contract. The AOb campaigns for more academics and supporting staff with permanent contracts.  The AOb also strives for a better balance between work and private time, with a realistic and healthy working load. No research in the evening, during weekends and holidays, but sufficient time to do research during the regular working hours.

The AOb has a limited number of contribution rates. Employees and supporting staff above scale 8 pay 17,85 per month bruto. Those earning a minimum wage and supporting staff up to and including scale 8, get a 5-euro discount.

Would you like to become a member? You can do so through the website of the AOb. For more information contact Nicole van Os.

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