Trade unions campaign for the European Parliament elections
Finnish trade union confederations have opened a joint office and launched a campaign to get citizens to vote in the elections for the European Parliament in May. The target group is in particular trade union members.
Trade unions defend genuine possibility for alternation leave
Serious disagreement over the future of the job alternation leave system continues. The Government and employers want stricter rules in place. But the trade unions remain strongly in favour of the existing system, says Joonas Rahkola from SAK.
Finns ready to criminalise wage dumping
Astonishingly perhaps, 82 per cent of Finnish adults are of the opinion, that wage dumping should be criminalised, and that employers who knowingly pay wages which are below the collective agreement minimum, should be convicted of a crime and punished.
Lauri Lyly, SAK: Incomes policy settlement creates more jobs in Finland
The national labour and employer confederations announced on Friday that sufficient coverage has been achieved for a broad incomes policy settlement. The pact for employment and growth governs the terms of service of 93 per cent of employees in Finland.
Metso removes restrictions on union membership at their factory in Mexico
Finnish companies operating in Mexico are beginning to accept free trade union activities in their factories, reports the Finnish watchdog Finnwatch. Metso has already removed the exclusion clause restricting the freedom to associate from their collective agreement.
Thai berry pickers remain outside agreements and unprotected
Pressure to change the legal status of Thai berry pickers in Finland is growing. SAK requires that they are treated as employees. So far the hundreds of seasonal wild berry pickers from abroad have been working entirely at their own risk.
Sixty euro pay rise coming for the average Finnish family
At the beginning of September the labour and employer confederations of Finland concluded a national labour market settlement. The settlement envisages pay increases in two instalments over the next two years. For the average Finnish family this means a sixty euro pay rise.