Finland -Union negotiators leave technology industry talks -October 1, 2011

On the evening of Thursday 29 September, negotiations aimed at a collective agreement in the technology industry broke off as the negotiators of the three unions involved –representing some 250,000 wage and salary earners- left the meeting. The gap between employers’ offer and the joined union demands was quite large. Employers offered a 1% overall pay hike for the coming autumn, in addition to an inflation index boost of 0.3% in June 2012 as well as an additional 0.6% at company level – amounting to 1.9% increase for one year and a half. The union side demanded 4% in autumn 2011 and an additional 2% in summer 2012. An angry Metalworkers’ Union chairman Riku Aalto commented: The employers had no intention of achieving a contract. There was just a competition of who could be first to make as cheap an offer as possible”. Antti Rinne, chairman of the Trade Union Pro, the largest union representing white-collar employees, reacted in the same vein: The offer is inconceivably low for the present situation. Negotiations cannot continue on this basis.” The unions are still considering further steps.

English: http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Union+negotiators+walk+out+of+technology ...
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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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