Trade Union News from Finland

| Start | Archive | Newsletter | Links | Publisher | About | Copyright


valikko


JUHANI ARTTO
HOMEPAGE 2013

HAKU / SEARCH

GALLERIA / GALLERY

TRADE UNION NEWS
FROM FINLAND 1997-2013

AY-UUTISET
MAAILMALTA 1999-2013

KOHTI KUMPPANUUTTA
- KUINKA SUOMI
OPPI TEKEMÄÄN
KEHITYSYHTEISTYÖTÄ
1965-2005

KAIKKI PELISSÄ -
SÄHKÖISET LISÄSIVUT

EVERYTHING AT STAKE - SAFEGUARDING INTERESTS IN A WORLD WITHOUT FRONTIERS

MEDIALINNAKKEET

BOLIVIA

HAITI

MUUT JUTUT
OTHER STORIES

INTERNET -
TIEDONHAUN OPAS 2.0

SUITSAIT

MUILLA SAITEILLA
ON OTHER SITES

LINKIT / LINKS

JULKAISIJA / PUBLISHER

© JUHANI ARTTO
1997-2013

juttupohja_1
Bargaining round 2009-2010:
Modest pay rises and "wait and see" tactics


Helsinki (29.01.2010 - Juhani Artto) On January 31 the collective agreement in the municipal sector and several other large and small collective agreements expire. And many more will expire in the next few months.

On Thursday, 30 000 salaried employees in the technology industry received a new collective agreement. It raises their salaries by 0.5 per cent. The agreement includes a new approach on how to solve the dispute concerning what groups of salaried employees the agreement covers. A person from outside (of the parties) will clear up factors that demarcate salaried employees from senior salaried employees. The dispute concerns thousands of salaried employees who, according to the Union of Salaried Employees TU, lose thousands of euros as their employers applied the agreement covering the senior salaried employees to them.

In December 2009, the Union of Salaried Employees TU organised in the technology a one week strike to add pressure on the employer side. The industrial action covered several major companies, such as Nokia, ABB and STX Finland.

In other agreements -made so far in this bargaining round- pay rises have been between 0.5 and about 1.0 per cent. The employer bastion EK (Confederation of Finnish Industries) declared last year that no agreement should exceed the 0.5 per cent limit but the line has not held. However, in
terms of money, the divergences have not been significant. But, for trade union morale, even a tiny move above the 0.5 per cent "pay anchor" has had a good effect.

Around many bargaining tables both/all parties have until now followed a "wait and see" tactic. It has largely been due to the tight control EK exercises over its member association in various industries.