Finland - Long pending negotiations finalised - November 30, 2017

The negotiations in several sectors were deadlocked in recent months. But, it looks as if an important breakthrough has been reached. The Paper Workers' Union concluded a collective agreement and the Finnish Electrical Workers' Union reached an agreement that ended their strike in the technology industry. The Finnish Industrial Union reached a two year pay deal with a 3.2% pay rise in the technology sector from the beginning of November. Several other collective agreements have been agreed offering a similar pay rise. The negotiations in the paper industry were long deadlocked and the situation tense after employers offered a zero-pay rise. The Paper Workers' Union responded by imposing an overtime ban. As paper mills are run by a minimal staff, this was an effective way to make a point. The employers came back to the negotiation table and an agreement was made. The agreement gives a 3.5% pay rise and is in place for two years. The electrical workers' collective agreement within the technology industry has also been solved.

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