Finland - Chemical workers' pay rise exceeds employers' limit - November 26, 2009

On 24 November, negotiators from the chemical industry trade unions and employer federations agreed on new collective agreements. In 2010, wages and salaries will be raised by slightly more than the 0.5% limit the employer confederation EK has tried to force into agreements in all industries where collective bargaining is under way. Chemical workers' pay will go up in May 2010 by 0.6% at national level and by 0.3% at local level, and in June increases for the salaried employees will be 0.5% at national level and 0.4% at local level. In between, the boards of the Chemical Workers' Union and the Union of Salaried Employees TU have approved the outcome of the negotiations. The agreements expire on 31 January 2013. Negotiations on the second and third years' pay rises will take place later. The agreements cover 20,000 blue collar workers and 10,000 salaried employees.




This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter, which presents up-to-date information on collective bargaining developments across Europe. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009. All rights reserved. The ETUI is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. The ETUI is financially supported by the European Community. The European Community is not responsible for any use made of the information contained in this news section.

News Archive