Finland - Industrial unions seek closer bargaining cooperation - September 9, 2010

On 8 September, the leaders of five industrial unions (the Electrical Workers’ Union, the Paperworkers’ Union, the Union of Salaried Employees TU, the Wood and Allied Workers’ Union and TEAM) and the Construction Union announced their determination to cooperate closely during the on-going round of collective bargaining. At this stage cooperation primarily means an exchange of information and common analyses of inflation and other economic factors. Concrete forms of support are still open and to be considered later on if needed. The union leaders have not yet sought to specify their pay demands except for the Union of Salaried Employees TU, which is going for an increase of close to 3% in the wood mechanical industry. The announcement of the six union leaders follows the proposal of confederation SAK’s president Lauri Lyly to have a common minimum union demand in the upcoming negotiations (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 July-August 2010).



This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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