Finland - Wood workers win almost 2% increase - October 8, 2010

As the Wood and Allied Workers' Union and the employer association Finnish Forest Industry approved a new collective agreement on Thursday 7 October, the strike of 4,100 wood workers ended. The agreement covers 18,000 workers. All will receive, backdated 1 October, a 1.1% wage increase. In addition, a 0.8% rise is to be implemented on the basis of local negotiations. The biggest obstacle to an agreement was resolved by leaving the regulations on seniority allowance untouched. Originally it was the employers’ side that demanded changes to these regulations.




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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