Strike threat in the financial sector:
Employers have not been ready to negotiate on the basis of the framework
Almost 3,000 bank employees will strike from 6 a.m. on November 23
until midnight on November 30, unless the collective bargaining
leads to an
agreement prior to that. The threatened strike action has been announced by
employees' trade union Pro and the bargaining organization of the senior
salaried employees YTN. The overtime ban, declared on Monday, is to continue
and affects the entire financial sector.
The parties have been negotiating a new agreement since early September.
According to Pro's President, Antti Rinne, the disagreements concern both
salaries and qualitative regulations on working conditions. Unlike
employers in most other industries, financial sector employers have not
been willing to negotiate on the basis of the framework agreement, signed in
October by the labour market confederations.
- It is incomprehensible that the Federation of Finnish Financial Services
is claiming to be worried about the weak economic situation but is not prepared
to commit itself to
the framework agreement, says Johanna Lähteenmäki, the chief negotiator of
YTN's financial sector.
The previous agreements expired at the beginning of November. The
negotiations cover working conditions for some 23,000 employees.
The strike will affect all units of FD Finanssidata, OP-Palvelut and
Samlink. The strike will also concern Sampo Pankki and Danske Bank's
units at Kaupintie 3. The strike will soon have an
impact on the services of these organizations.
Any tasks vital to the life or health of citizens are excluded
the strike action, as are activities essential to the functioning of the