Collective bargaining in the municipal sector:
JHL wants minimum pay of EUR1,500 per month
JHL (15.01.2010 - Juhani Artto) The main collective agreement in the municipal sector is
in force until 31 January 2010. It covers 314 000 municipal employees in health,
childcare, cleaning and several other sectors.
Preparations for upcoming decisive negotiations have been going on -in several working
groups- for a long time now. On Monday January 11 the main negotiators of the
organisations involved began their efforts to create a new agreement. Their common goal is
to finalise the negotiations by the end of January.
JHL - The Trade Union
for the Public and Welfare Sectors wants the minimum pay to be raised to EUR1,500 per
month and family leave to be improved. JHL also aims to develop the status of employees in
atypical employment relations and the rights of safety representatives.
With regard to the whole question of wages and salaries current negotiations come at a
time when municipalities are experiencing economic
difficulties. However, Tuire Santamäki-Vuori, the President of the JHL, says that
municipal employees perform a service for their clients by working, not by allowing their
working conditions to be weakened.
Regardless of the economic situation the new agreement has to reduce groundless and
unacceptable pay differences between men and women and narrow the pay gap vis a vis other
sectors, Santamäki-Vuori stresses.
The main negotiators will meet again on Monday January 18.