Finland - Social contract negotiations pending - December 31, 2015

Last month, the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) terminated the negotiations for a social contract after the Finnish Transport Workers' Union (AKT) announced its decision to walk out of the talks. The Confederation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) is now re-evaluating its objectives in the event that the negotiations for a social contract recommence. SAK reminded that its settlement proposal for the social contract negotiations has already expired. The settlement proposal would have all but waived wage hikes in 2017 and allowed export industries to determine wage hikes in 2018. SAK would have been prepared to transfer a number of social security contributions from the shoulders of employers to those of wage earners on the condition that the government withdrew its coercive revisions to the terms and conditions of employment. It had also proposed the adoption of a system to determine holiday pays that would have adjusted holiday pays to economic fluctuations. The government had said it would consider cancelling its controversial labour market legislation should the social partners reach an agreement that satisfies the government. Now it will go on with its original plans.

English: http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/finland-news/domestic/13649-sak-wage … 

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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