Joint bargaining effort by
wage and salary earners' union organizations in the technology industry
Helsinki (16.09.2011 - Juhani Artto) Three union organizations, representing
some 250,000 wage and salary earners in the technology industry, have agreed
on common goals and pledged to act in unison during this current round of
This move is nothing short of historic as it is the first time that these
separate employee groups have sought to combine forces in this way.
The three organizations in question are the Metalworkers' Union, the
union Pro and the bargaining organization of senior salaried employees YTN.
They are aiming at a one and a half year agreement during which there would
be a two-stage pay rise. The first of these would mean an increase of
EUR0.67 per hour or EUR110 per month. For employees in the higher pay
bracket the rise should be at least 4 per cent.
And the second pay rise would boost wages and salaries by EUR 0.34 per hour
EUR 60 per month – or an increase of 2 per cent at least.
The three organizations have agreed to stick together in the event that they
need to adjust
their demands. They have also approved common qualitative demands. Amongst
is the demand for more vacation time or time off for near
retirement employees. Needless to say,
all three organizations have their own more specific proposals and demands.
In recent months, the employer association, the Federation of Finnish
Technology Industries, has warned of companies facing serious economic
difficulties in the near future. The trade union organizations dismiss such
gloomy talk as just more employer scare-mongering.