Finland - Employers campaign against extension of agreements - August 31, 2016

Some business and industry organisations began a campaign against the binding extension of collective agreements. Generally binding collective agreements form an important part of the labour market model; even employers who are not members of an employers' association must comply with a nationwide collective agreement that is considered representative of the field in which the company operates. The arrangement is based on the Employment Contracts Act with a specific confirmation board to determine the generally binding nature. The extension safeguards the minimum working conditions of employees, prevents unfair competition between companies and guarantees equal pay. Thanks to the system, the coverage of collective agreements in the public sector accounts for 100% of employees, and in the private sector for 75.5%.

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