Finland -Contract compliance and liability -March 04, 2013

Vasama, the Electrical Workers´ Union newspaper, reported in the December issue that Estonian electrical workers were underpaid on a major construction site (car park P-Hämppi) in the city of Tampere. After the visit of union representatives some of the Estonian electricians joined the union and asked for help. Since September 2012 all workers on new construction sites have been obliged to carry identification documents containing their personal taxation numbers. The Act on the Contractor’s Obligations and Liability when Work is Contracted Out also stipulates that when subcontracting takes place, the onus is on the party who has delegated this work to check that all legal obligations of their counterparty are in order and that the latter pays wages and salaries in accordance with the collective agreements. From the beginning of March 2013 the Act also applies to all older construction sites.


Focus on the contractor’s obligations and liability act:


For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at

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