Finland - Collective bargaining off the ground - March 31, 2016

Collective bargaining has started in practically all branches. The broad labour market pact, or the so-called competitiveness pact, was drafted between employer's associations and trade union confederations at the end of February (see the 1 March item below). The trade unions have been busy deliberating over the pact and almost all of them have now agreed to open negotiations on their collective agreements in order to implement the changes agreed in the national pact. This means that the national pact covers more than 90% of the employees. The biggest unions to say no to the pact are the Finnish Construction Trade Union, the Finnish Food Workers' Union and the Transport Workers’ Union.

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