Finland -Divergence on the renewal of the bargaining system -August 10, 2014

Union demands like the criminalisation of underpayment and the prohibition of shopping around for collective agreements have not been picked up by the employers.

A spokesperson of the employers’ confederation EK expressed confidence that a working group charged with renewing the system of labour market negotiations will reach a common understanding before the end of the year. However, the chair of the transport trade union AKT, a member of the working group, stated that the task is unattainable because the objectives of the employers and labour are like ‘night and day’. The whole exercise should lead to an assessment of the collective bargaining process and consider issues like improving the conciliation system and dispute resolution procedure, and implementing wage increases in industries not covered by agreements. Union demands like the criminalisation of underpayment and the prohibition of shopping around for collective agreements have not been picked up by the employers.

English: http://yle.fi/uutiset/union_boss_employers_and_labour_at_cross_purposes ...   

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.

 


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