Finland -Paper unions make gains in new agreement -December 5, 2011

The papermakers’ unions, Paperiliitto and Ammattiliitto Pro, have agreed on new 25-month collective agreements with the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF), taking effect March 2012. On 28 November an accord between the employers’ association in the transport, ports, and shipping industry and AKT, the Transport Drivers’ and Port Workers’ Union, opened the way; yet, though already on 23 November FFIF came to terms with the paper unions, FFIF was unwilling to sign the agreements until they had a guarantee that strikes would not occur in the transportation and export of pulp and paper products. The agreement in the paper sector follows the national framework agreement as of 13 October 2011. 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. 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. Another important gain is extra protection for workers when mills close. In effect, employers take on more responsibility for re-training and skill development, as well as workers given the flexibility to take new work in another enterprise and still qualify for redundancy benefits. Also, shop stewards and safety representatives who receive slightly higher pay for their responsibilities will get a 10% supplement on top of that higher pay (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 May and November 2011).

English: http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief/4804-Paper-Unions-in-Finland ...
http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/htimes/domestic-news/general/17410-transport-industry ...

 

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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