The framework agreement will
regulate working conditions
of 94 per cent of wage and salaries earners for next two years
Helsinki (28.11.2011 - Juhani Artto) Early on Monday morning the last
obstacle on the road to the acceptance of a new labour market framework
was overcome. Then the trade union of transport drivers and port
workers AKT and its
employer counterpart agreed on details on how to apply the framework
agreement, approved in October by the labour market confederations.
And so, the same morning these various confederations concluded that support
agreement is broad enough to take effect. At noon the government announced
that it had come to the same conclusion.
This means that all public sector employees and 91 per cent of the private
sector employees are now covered for the next two years (or 25 months) by
regulations agreed upon in the framework agreement. Both union leaders and
government representatives have characterized the comprehensive
settlement’s overwhelming reach as a historic achievement.
Trade union leaders emphasize that the agreement significantly increases the
predictability of the economy and effectively defends the purchasing power
of workers and salaried employees. The agreement also brings qualitative
improvements to several hundred collective agreements, updated on the basis
the framework agreement.
Employee groups that are not covered by agreements applying the framework
agreement include the construction and food workers and a third of
senior salaried employees. The Construction Trade Union let it be known on
October 17 that it is not prepared to negotiate on the basis of the framework
the food industry, employers were not willing to negotiate on how to apply
the framework agreement as the agreements, signed in May 2010, are still in
until March 2014.
As for the third group, senior salaried employees (circa 70,000 persons),
the situation remains more problematic. From the trade union side the
employers are entirely to blame for why this set of employees are not
covered by the framework
agreement. These employees have not yet managed to obtain any kind of
collective agreements to
provide them with job and other security as their employers have always
rejected proposals for collective bargaining on their senior salaried
employees' working conditions.