threatens to cut already low wages
by hundreds of euros at Defence Forces' catering services
JHL (12.10.2011 - Juhani Artto) Wages for the Defence Forces' catering
services will shrink by anything between EUR200 to EUR400 per month, if the
government's proposal is approved by Parliament. This is totally
unacceptable and contradicts the government's own programme, says the Trade
Union for the Public and Welfare Services JHL. Parliament is due to make the
final decision on the matter in December.
According to the proposal, responsibility for catering services are to be
transferred to a company that will be specially set up for this purpose. The
Ministry of Defence has decided that this new company will join the hotel
and catering employers' association Mara. JHL insists that the new company
should join the service sector employer association Palta and sign a
company-specific collective agreement with the JHL.
Right now the Defence Forces' catering employees earn from EUR1,800 to
EUR2,000 per month. Mara's collective agreement would see a cut in theses
wages of EUR200 or more, in the worst case of EUR400.
The catering services at the Defence Forces number 580 employees, most of
them women. JHL is eager to refocus attention on the fact that the
government has committed itself to narrowing the gender pay gap. Cuts in
low-pay women's wages would lead in the opposite direction.