Finland - New municipal agreements aim to close pay gap - February 15, 2010

The new two-year agreements covering municipal workers include a 0.8% pay increase from 15 February for certain groups of workers such as those in catering, cleaning, social care and childcare, and then 0.7% to be allocated at local level by 1 September. The minimum pay for trainees rises from 1 February by about 9% to Euro 1,450 per month. The unions involved had wanted to make some progress on parental leave and to place limits on the use of fixed-term workers but these were not part of the agreement. The basic deal has still to be approved by union members.


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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