Two new studies:
Employers' attitudes in industry have both hardened and softened
Helsinki (10.07.2012 - Juhani Artto) A new study conducted among rank and
members of the Metalworkers' Union indicate that employers' attitudes have
hardened. Just 21 per cent of the respondents had been informed about
changes in their work as early as the planning stage. The proportion of
such employees has gradually decreased. In 2007 and in 2002 the proportion
was 25 per cent, but in 1997 still 34 per cent.
And the number of employees who have been allowed to participate in training
by the employer has also shown a decrease. The union magazine Ahjo
figures as a clear indication that employer attitudes have hardened just as
willingness to cooperate has weakened. The material for the study was
collected and collated in spring 2011.
More positive results were received in a study carried out among shop
the industrial union TEAM. The latter organizes workers working in the
graphical, pharmaceutical, rubber, glass, porcelain, textile and garment
industries. The data concerns the situation in 2011.
Surprisingly, 76 per cent of the respondents believe they were able to
influence the outcome of the corporate-level mandatory consultations. In
2009 only 52 per cent of the respondents reported similar sentiments. "The
that employee representatives cannot have an impact on consultation
results is hit hard by the replies", the union magazine Intiim concludes.
And the responses from TEAM's shop stewards also reveal positive surprises
in relation to the
support packages provided to employees who have lost or who are going to
jobs. More than a third (35 per cent) of the respondents report that their
employers have been generous with such support packages. They have included
notice periods, compensation lump sums of up to six months' pay and several
"In light of this, it is really worth trying to demand support packages at
corporate-level mandatory consultations", Intiim's editor Tuomo Lilja
in his article on the study.