Finland -National wage agreement validated -October 30, 2013

Trade unions, employers and the state have validated the national wage agreement that was reached a month before (see September newsletter). While the central wage agreement between unions’ and employers’ confederations was reached on 30 August, its validation remained dependent on the support of the member unions and employers who had until 25 October to negotiate 280 collective agreements. The first good news for the agreement was the support of technology industries, including metal, whose agreements are seen as leading for the country. By 25 October, enough unions and employers signed up to the agreement for it to be validated by the confederations. Several industries, including the food and construction workers, have dropped out of the agreement. No agreement has yet been reached in the aviation sector. The national wage agreement includes a €20 flat rate increase in the first year and a 0.4% increase in the second.

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