Finland - Negotiations reach ultimate stage - May 31, 2016

After the national labour market pact or the so-called competitiveness pact was agreed upon in February by the three trade union confederations and the employers' associations the negotiations started in the different industries. There are two main issues at play in the negotiations under the umbrella of this pact: to add 24 more annual working hours into the collective agreements and the so-called survival clause. According to the national pact, this clause should ‘help secure the employer’s operations and jobs by adjusting terms and conditions of employment when the employer runs into financial difficulties that jeopardise jobs.’ After the dead-line the government will see whether the reformed collective agreements go far enough in cutting companies expenses and thus negate the need for proposed heavy austerity measures.

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