Teknologiateollisuus Collective Agreement
According to the agreement, the primary objective is to reach an agreement on wage adjustments on the ground taking into account the circumstances of the company. If the agreement on a local payslip fails, wages are adjusted in accordance with the so-called withdrawal clause of the collective agreement. The basis of a fair working life is negotiated through collective bargaining. For example, wage increases and the continuation of the additional labour policy introduced in the Competitiveness Pact (Kiky) are on the agenda. “The working time agreement is a compromise that maintains the necessary working hours and thus supports competitiveness. I hope that this solution will also encourage and develop local negotiations,” said Jarkko Ruohoniemi, Director of Industrial Relations, Finnish Technology Industries. Finnish legislation does not impose a minimum wage. Minimum wages are set in sectoral collective agreements. In addition, collective agreements are used to reconcile, for example, the reasons for employment policy, wage increases and rules for hours of work, overtime, weekend holidays and evening and weekend work.
In the first year of the contract, a general wage increase of 1.3% is applied until 1 March 2020. In the second year of the contract, wages will be adjusted by February 1, 2021, with an overall increase of 1.2%, and on February 1, 2021, an increase of 0.8% per company or by workstation will be spent on wage increases. Conflicts in the postal sector and the signing of a collective agreement in the technology sector after bitter negotiations are the main themes of this article. This country is updating the latest developments in working life in Finland in the fourth quarter of 2019. In accordance with agreed general policies for labour markets, the overall increase agreed in the expulsion clauses is 3.3% for the 25-month period of the contract. The timing of the increases is as follows: a solution was finally found and trade union actions were halted when the two sides agreed on 27 November to the third proposal for mediation by the national conciliator.  The new collective agreement is in effect until 2021 and provides for wage increases in accordance with agreements in the technology and chemical sector. It is important that 700 workers were referred to the previous collective agreement that PAU had negotiated. Heidi Nieminen, president of the PAU, said she was pleased with the solution and thanked the unions who supported the postal workers with sympathy strikes. Employers said they were satisfied that a solution had been found, but stressed that the conflict was costly for both businesses and citizens.  The general application of the collective agreement may be lost. The alternative is a normally binding collective agreement that binds only the contracting parties.
Difficult negotiations in the technology sector – traditionally the first sectoral agreement negotiated because of its importance to the Finnish economy – were finally concluded on 4 January 2020, when the industrial union (Teollisuusliitto) and the Finnish technology industry (Teknoateollisuus) signed a new collective agreement. The agreement, which runs until November 2021, provides for wage increases of 3.3% over two years for approximately 100,000 technology employees.  The conflict in the postal sector intensified with a wave of strikes, but was finally resolved towards the end of 2019. The announcement of the intention of the Finnish state group Posti to transfer 700 employees as part of the postal sorting into a new collective agreement with a lower labour cost.