Finland -Municipal workers waiting for a new agreement -March 5, 2013

The unions representing municipal employees are ready to agree, even at short notice, to a centralised labour market agreement. However, municipal employees are not prepared to negotiate on the proposal for a zero per cent salary rise, as offered by the leaders of the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK. There has been no wage drift in the public sector, unlike in the private sector, the unions say. For this reason municipal salaries are de facto falling behind the general development of wages and salaries.



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