Technology Industries put
industrial peace at risk by arrogance
Pro (23.05.2011) The Trade Union Pro and The Federation of Finnish
Technology Industries began collective bargaining on salaries for 2011 on
April 19. It was agreed that the parties would try to reach an agreement by
the end of May.
On May 4 Pro gave the employer side its proposal for salary increases.
Salaries should be raised by EUR90 per month, or by at least 3.5 per cent.
However, on May 20 employer negotiators announced that Pro's demands differ
so widely from the employers' ideas that they could not put forward any
proposal for salary rises under the circumstances.
- As such, the clearly arrogant and unhelpful line taken by the employer
representatives did not come as a surprise but it still sets off alarm bells
each time it happens, says Antti Rinne, the President of Pro.
It is really difficult to negotiate with a party that does not even offer
its own view on the level of pay rises, Rinne says critically. With such
bargaining tactics the employer side has chosen a path that forces Pro to
denounce the entire collective agreement for the technology industry, he
- It is possible that we
have to acquire the information on the employers' pay offer by threatening
with industrial action. Is this employers' view on common way to carry
responsibility, Rinne asks.
The situation will be addressed and dealt with on May 23 by the union's
advisory council for the technology industry, and on May 24 by the board of