Finland - Basic new agreements in state and municipal sector - February 17, 2011

Negotiators in the municipal and state sectors have reached a common understanding on new collective agreements, aiming to maintain purchasing power. This was the main goal of JHL and the other trade unions involved. In the municipal sector the agreement covers some 430,000 and in the state sector 88,000 employees. In the municipal sector all employees will receive a 1.2% pay rise on 1 May 2011, whereas on the same day an average rise of 0.8% will be shared according to the conclusions reached in the local negotiations. In addition a bonus –€100 for many employee groups-- will be paid in May. In the state sector wages will be raised retroactively from 1 February 2011 by 1.3%. On 1 May 2011 a locally negotiated component of on average 0.5% and a 0.2% equality component will be added. The agreement essentially improves the rights of employees in situations where tasks will be changed so as to become less demanding; their pay cannot be reduced during 24 months following the changes. The new state agreement expires on 29 February 2012. The decision bodies of the parties involved still have to approve the negotiation results (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 January 2011).


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 at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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