Helsinki (07.06.2018 - Heikki Jokinen) The Finnish Government has in practise ended any tripartite consensus when drafting legislation, according to the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications and VR Group have come to an understanding on how railway passenger services will be opened to competitive tendering. The heads of railway sector unions point out that competitive tendering will cause significant changes to the sector and future employment conditions must be agreed on together with staff.
The national labour confederations of Finland (SAK, Akava and STTK) are reopening their summer job information service on Tuesday 2 May, providing free telephone and online advice to hundreds of summer employees. You can call the helpline between 09.00 and 15.00 on Monday to Friday. The helpline service advises callers in Finnish, Swedish and English, and anonymous calls are also accepted.
(Heikki Jokinen 2.2.2018) Finland needs a clear action programme and proper financing in order for it to promote equal pay, says JHL, the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors. It would also be good to consider promoting equal pay by legislation, following Iceland’s example.
From the beginning of the year 2018 the unemployed can expect to see their benefits cut unless they are actively engaged in seeking a job. The new model was pushed through by the Finnish Government in spite of strong opposition from the trade unions.
Negotiations to renew most of the JHL collective agreements will begin in November and December. Almost all of JHL's around 60 collective agreements are set to expire at the end of January 2018.
Most of JHL’s collective agreements are set to expire in January 2018. The Union is now preparing for the next round of collective bargaining by seeking members' opinions and discussing goals for forthcoming negotiations.