bargaining back in full swing in state
and municipal sectors
JHL (13.01.2011 -
Juhani Artto) Pay regulations are the most important issues at stake in the
collective bargaining process facing the state and municipal sectors, says
The Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors. The negotiations began
on Monday. And the aim is to reach a common understanding by the end of
If disagreements cannot be resolved provision has been made for the existing
agreements to be terminated – allowing them to expire by 28 February. The
parties will present their demands in the upcoming round of negotiations, on
January 14 for the state sector and on January 19 for the municipal sector.
Concerning negotiations in the state sector JHL's President Tuire
Santamäki-Vuori wishes to make it very clear that employees must not be
forced to foot the bill for the "sustainability deficit" in state finances.
Pay rises must match rises in other labour market sectors. JHL also
underlines the need to guarantee gender equality and a fair status for
In the municipal sector the present two-year agreement remains open with
regard to 2011 pay rises. JHL insists that the parties must come to an
agreement, during the present negotiations, at the very minimum, on pay
rises for the first half of the year 2011.