employees are ready to consider
continuation of the framework
JHL (22.08.2012 - Juhani Artto)
Union organizations in the municipal sector support continuation of the
framework agreement, signed in November 2011. The agreement formed the basis
for the realisation of collective agreements that cover all employees in the
public sector and
over 91 per cent of the wage and salaried employees in the private sector.
The collective agreement in respect of municipal employees is due to expire
According to the union organizations the collective agreements applying the
framework agreement have offered a degree of predictability to the economy
as a whole and supported
balanced development of wage and salaried employees' incomes. In addition,
the framework agreement enabled the fulfilment of agreement-specific goals.
"The framework agreement has also improved the quality of working life",
Presidents of the municipal sector bargaining organizations.
They are now ready to start listing issues that should be negotiated in
centralized negotiations. They emphasize that the new framework has to
guarantee balanced development of wages and salaries and lead to further
progress in working life.
The Presidents regard the role of refining skills and proactive personnel
as very significant in the midst of structural changes taking place in the
municipalities. It makes the personnel more committed to the changes and
makes it possible to avoid bad or ill-considered solutions that risk the
services. It also helps to maintain the level of skills of the personnel.