Finland - Paper sector wage bargaining diverts between unions - March 29, 2011

Second-year salary adjustments for some 20,000 white- and blue-collar pulp and paper workers ran separate courses over the past 12 days, with the Pro union (representing 4,000 salaried professionals) issuing a strike notice on 23 March against one company. A two-week strike will begin on 6 April at all UPM operations if official government mediation beginning today fails. Meanwhile, Paperiliitto, representing 16,000 workers at some 60 paper operations, agreed to terms with the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF) on 16 March. Workers will receive a guaranteed 2.5%, or €0.41-per-hour increase. The union also granted other adjustments in the collective agreement. Pro gave the strike warning because FFIF refused to put forward a similar national pay offer as the one given to and accepted by Paperiliitto.

English: http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief/4342-Finnish-Paper-Sector ...

 

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. 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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