Unions close to meeting SAK terms for Competitiveness Pact
SAK believes that the new national Competitiveness Pact will have achieved sufficient coverage to take effect if the National Council of the Finnish Metalworkers’ Union approves a negotiated settlement for its industry on Friday 10 June.
Free summer job advisory service helps young employees
The national labour confederations of Finland (SAK, Akava and STTK) are reopening their summer job information service on Monday 2 May, providing free telephone and online advice to hundreds of summer employees.
Supreme Court: A court cannot prevent a strike
Employers cannot stop potential strikes by demanding that district courts impose conditional fines on unions when the collective agreement is valid. The Supreme Court made this decision in the case of a planned strike at the national flag carrier Finnair.
The Competitiveness Pact in brief
The Competitiveness Pact would increase annual employee working time by 24 hours. There would be no wage increases next year, liability for some employer contributions would be transferred to the employee, and the holiday bonuses of public sector employees would be temporarily reduced.
Government wants to make short time employment easier
The Finnish Government is planning to reduce protection against precarious employment. Trade union confederations are afraid this will lead to an even further weakening of the position of women and young people in the labour market.
30,000 rally in Helsinki to defend trade union rights
A demonstration organised by the three trade union confederations brought 30,000 people to Helsinki in spite of heavy rain. The main message was to defend the unions' rights with regard to free collective bargaining.