Pro and Metalworkers'
Union and Electrical Workers' Union issue warning of strike action
Helsinki (05.10.2011 - Juhani Artto) Over 32,000 salaried and wage employees in the metal industry are ready to
two and a half week strike on 21 October if a new collective agreement
be reached prior to that date.
The trade union of private sector salaried employees Pro, the
and the Electrical Workers' Union announced on Tuesday of their intention to go on strike at 44 companies in
industry. Over 32,000 salaried and wage employees will take part in the
strike from 21
October to 7 November if the parties fail to reach new collective
The threat of industrial action is designed to exert further pressure in an
effort to realise the common goals of the
unions. The latter are aiming at a one and a half year agreement during
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 or EUR 60 per
month – or an increase of 2 per cent at least.
And the bargaining organization for senior salaried employees YTN also
these goals. YTN will join the common front later on if larger industrial
action is needed.
Collective bargaining in the technology industry has been going on for four
months (including a break during the summer vacation period). Last Thursday the
employee representatives rejected the employers' pay offer (1.9 per cent in
two years) as far too low.
Since then the parties have not been in negotiation. However, this Tuesday
Pro, the Metalworkers'
Union and the Electrical Workers' Union announced that that they are prepared to call a strike when it became
the three Union Confederations (Akava, SAK and STTK) and the two Employer
Confederations (EK and KT) had failed to reach
comprehensive income policy agreement.
An overtime ban in the technology industry has been in force since Tuesday
afternoon. It covers about 200,000 rank and file members of Pro, YTN,
Metalworkers' Union and the Electrical Workers' Union working in the technology industry.
The eventual strike will focus on the largest export companies in the metal
industry. The list of the 44 companies includes ABB (automation and
electrical power technology), Kone (lifts), Metso (paper industry power
machinery) and Wärtsilä (mechanical workshops). The strike will affect all
Finnish-based units of these companies.