Finland -Final agreements in pulp and paper industry -November 29, 2011

The papermakers’ unions, Paperiliitto and Ammattiliitto Pro, have agreed on new 25-month collective industry-wide agreements with the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF) that take effect in March 2012. That was assured on Monday 28 November, after the employers’ association in the transport, ports, and shipping industry signed an accord with AKT, the Transport Drivers’ and Port Workers’ Union. Even though the FFIF came to terms with the two papermakers’ unions separately on Wednesday 23 November, the FFIF was unwilling to sign the agreement until they had a guarantee that strikes would not occur in the transportation and export of pulp and paper products. The pulp and paper sector agreement follows the national framework agreement as signed by the union confederations on 13 October. In March 2012, Ammattiliitto Pro members will receive a 1.6% across-the-board wage increase, in addition to an average 0.8% increase that will be negotiated locally and is part of a new salary structure. Paperiliitto members will receive a 1.5% increase, with 0.9% to be negotiated locally. Essentially, this new salary structure was recognized by employers through strike actions in April/May 2011 by Ammattiliitto Pro, representing about 4,000 white collar staff at some 50 paper enterprises. In April 2013, the wage increase for Ammattillio Pro will be 1.3%, with a 0.6% award won on the new locally-negotiated salary structure. Paperiliitto's 2013 increase will be 1.2%, with 0.7% awarded locally (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 May 2011).

English: http://www.icem.org/en/19-Pulp-Paper/4794-Finnish-Pulp-Paper-Unions-Make-Gains ...

 

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) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. or the communications officer of the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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