Finland - Employers bury hope for framework pay deal - December 11, 2009

On 11 December, the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) broke off the talks on a
framework for pay increases. The framework would have been a contract on economic
policy aimed at promoting employment, to be agreed upon by the central social partner
organisations. EK director Eeva-Liisa Inkeroinen issued a communiqué, saying that the
discussions had come to an end. "The boundary disputes and oversized salary
requirements demanded by certain trade unions are inappropriate in the current
economic situation", Inkeroinen argued. Laury Lyly, chairman of the SAK union
confederation, expressed his disappointment with EK's communiqué without
delay: "Today it would be perhaps more important than ever for both employees
and employers to reach a collective agreement that would stabilize our economy
and promote employment."



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