PNN informs about employment conditions at UTwente

On Thursday 21 November, the PhD Network of the University of Twente (P-NUT) will organize the PhD & PDEng Day 2019. In the exciting and broad program of this day, Promovendi Netwerk Nederland (PNN) will be present for a workshop on labor conditions, after successful editions earlier this year in Wageningen, Leiden, Utrecht, and Groningen. Since the beginning of this year, PNN, in collaboration with the Academic Union (VAWO), is actively engaged in informing PhD candidates about their rights. Under the provoking title PhDs: Slaves of science? Precarious working conditions of PhDs vs possibilities to do something about it PNN enters into discussion with PhDs about their place within the university, conflict situations, and the rights they can claim.

Promovendi Netwerk Nederland

Doctoral candidates often turn out to be insufficiently informed about their rights, which leads to abuses and mental problems. Better information is an important first step to prevent this. Promovendi Netwerk Nederland (PNN) has been working for decades at national level to promote the interests of PhD candidates. Fair contracts are a spearhead for PNN. Every year, PNN publishes the Monitor Labour Conditions, in which PhD contracts in the Netherlands are scrutinized. In addition, PNN has long been actively opposed to the experiment with bursary PhD students. As of 2019, active information on PhD rights is gradually added.

New collective agreement, new rights

The latest collective labour agreement (CAO-NU), which entered into force in 2018, provides a starting point for informing PhD candidates about their employment rights. This agreement includes a number of important improvements with regard to the position of doctoral candidates (see also the here). For example, for the first time it has been laid down that a PhD contract must in principle be full-time for four years, clarity is provided about the extension of the contract in the case of parental leave, and the possibilities for a work placement during the PhD trajectory has been laid down. In close collaboration with the Academic Union (VAWO) and the local PhD councils, PNN informs PhD candidates about this, so that these rights can be put into practice.

Know Your Rights

On 21 November, this year’s fifth information meeting will take place at the UTwente, after successful editions in Wageningen, Leiden, Utrecht, and Groningen. Moreover, this meeting is extra special because it is linked to the launch of the first pilot version of the Know Your Rights flyer and website. This flyer and website bring together all existing information about PhD rights in a clear structure. Fair contracts are essential for a healthy PhD climate. Increasing the knowledge of PhD candidates about their rights is a first step.

Time: 21 November 2019 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM (click here for the full program)

Venue: The Gallery, Hengelosestraat 500, 7521 AN Enschede

Organization: P-NUT