Electrical workers' union puts in court claims for millions of euros
respect of 115
Helsinki (26.09.2011 - Juhani Artto) The Finnish Electrical workers' union
suing the Polish company Elektrobudowa for unpaid wages, overtime
compensation and holiday pay and unpaid
compensation for expenses. The claim amounts to over EUR2.7
million which has
accrued from January 2009 to May 2011 at the construction site of the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant. The claim concerns 115 Polish electricians
who have joined the Finnish union.
According to the union's magazine Vasama, the electricians have been paid on
average only EUR8 to EUR13 per hour although the minimum wage is
EUR15.03 per hour. The minimum is defined in the collective agreement for
electricians' work. The agreement is of generally binding character and thus
sets the minimum conditions of work also for foreign employees working
for foreign companies in Finland.
"Thanks to the active involvement and persistent efforts of the Electrical
workers' union a considerable number of
electricians employed by the Polish company, Elektrobudowa, have now joined
union and mandated it to take the company to the court", Vasama's editor
Paavo Holi writes in the editorial column of the latest issue (8-2011).
points to nothing less than pioneering work in the history of the Finnish
trade union movement and
demonstrates that the union is clearly in the forefront of the union
movement when it comes to challenging criminal aspects of the economy."