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JHL, Jyty and Juko: New ban on overtime and shift swaps for the municipal sector

The main negotiation organisations of the municipal sector, JAU (comprised of JHL and Jyty) and JUKO, declared a new ban on overtime and shift swaps in the municipal sector. The ban will start on Monday 21 March 2022, and it will be in place until Sunday 27 March 2022. The organisations must resort to the ban on overtime and shift swaps because negotiations in the sector have not been proceeding.

The new ban on overtime and shift swaps concerning the municipal sector will start on Monday 21 March 2022 at 12.01 am. The ban will be in place for seven days, it will end on Sunday 27 March 2022 at 11.59 pm.

The ban on overtime and shift swaps concerns the following agreement sectors:

  • General collective agreement for the municipal sector (KVTES)
  • municipal collective agreement for the education sector (OVTES)
  • municipal collective agreement for technical personnel (TS)
  • municipal collective agreement for hourly paid personnel (TTES).
  • collective agreement for the health and social services sector (SOTE).

The ban does not apply to office-holders covered by municipal-sector agreements. In addition, work tasks that must be performed in order to protect life and health are ruled out of the ban. Work tasks that concern general safety or safeguarding of assets, that cannot be postponed to a later point in time, have also been ruled out of the ban on overtime and shift swaps.

– Professionals in, say, schools, early childhood education and care and in the health and social services sector work in multiprofessional teams. It’s time for the employer to understand that raises are needed by all, regardless of occupational title. Otherwise, municipalities are threatened by an even worse shortage of labour. Everyone needs a living wage for their work, JHL president Päivi Niemi-Laine demands.

– Our goal is to reach an agreement that takes into account all of the municipal sector’s professionals. Each one of them belongs to a service chain that produces important services to local residents, Jyty’s president Jonna Voima emphasises.

– With these measures for speeding up the negotiations, we also highlight the meaningful and important work done by the municipal sector’s employees for all people in Finland, JUKO’s board chair Olli Luukkainen (The Trade Union of Education in Finland OAJ) reminds.

The previous ban on overtime and shift swaps concerning the entire municipal sector was in place between 7 and 13 March 2022. In addition, JHL, Jyty and Juko have filed strike warnings concerning the municipal sector in Rovaniemi and Jyväskylä for 23 to 24 March, and in Tampere and Kuopio for 29 to 30 March.

More information:
Public Sector Union JAU

President of Trade Union Jyty: Jonna Voima, 050 591 2341

President of Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL: Päivi Niemi-Laine, 040 702 4772
Negotiation Organisation for Public Sector Professionals JUKO

Board chair Olli Luukkainen (OAJ), 050 065 2872