Finland - Retail managers strike to get collective agreement - May 31, 2017

Retail managers held a 12-hour warning strike right after May Day. The walkout was in support of the right to a collective agreement. The Federation of Professional and Managerial Staff YTN wants to negotiate a collective agreement for retail managers. The Employers' Finnish Commerce Federation absolutely refuses to have any kind of collective agreement or any other union level agreement. The retail employers' unconditional no to any kind of collective agreements for managerial staff is in line with the recent decision made by the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK. It unilaterally terminated all 22 confederation level national agreements it had with the trade union confederations. This has left some 30 000 managerial employees without any agreements on issues like collective representation.

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