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Collective 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 January.

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 fixed-term employees.

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.