Wood workers' strike
resolved with a pay rise of almost two per cent
Helsinki (08.10.2010 - Juhani Artto) The strike of 4,100 wood workers is
over. The Wood and Allied Workers' Union and the employer association
Finnish Forest Industry approved a new collective agreement on Thursday
evening. The agreement covers 18,000 workers.
All workers will receive -starting retroactively from October 1- a 1.1 per
cent increase in their wages. In addition an 0.8 pay rise is to be
implemented on the basis of local negotiations.
The biggest obstacle to an agreement was resolved by leaving the regulations
on the seniority allowance untouched. Originally it was the employer side
that demanded changes to these regulations.
If the parties had failed to reach a common understanding the strike was set
to become more widespread affecting all the wood industry companies covered
by the collective agreement.