Finland - Standstill in negotiations - October 31, 2017

The negotiations for the paper industry collective agreement came to a standstill after the employers' organisation, the Finnish Forest Industries Federation, offered a zero-pay rise to the Paper Workers' Union. The union is the first industrial union to negotiate on a pay rise this autumn. Their collective agreement expired at the end of September.  Although the union did not publish their exact demands for a pay rise, it is definitely not zero. The paper industry is doing much better economically now than in the past few years. The union’s board made it clear that a zero level pay rise is a non-starter. It says that the employers’ proposal shows disdain for employees. Preparations for possible industrial action have started.

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