Helsinki (26.11.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) Trade Union Pro has reached an agreement for clerical employees in the ICT-sector just before a strike planned to begin on Monday 27 November. The deal covers 12,000 employees working in the Information and Communication Technology sector.

The main reason for the dispute was the use of temporary rental labour.

Pro President Jorma Malinen says that rental labour is now used to replace staff and this is totally unacceptable. According to the collective agreement rental labour can only be used temporarily when there is a special need, Malinen makes clear.

"Within the branch there are more than one thousand rental labourers and at least one half of these have been working for more than two years. In no way can this be considered as temporary."

Helsinki (24.11.2017 - Heikki Jokinen). The Paper Workers' Union finally got a new collective agreement and the Finnish Electrical Workers' Union reached an agreement that ended their strike in the technology industry.

The Finnish Industrial Union reached a two year pay deal with a 3.2 per cent pay rise in the technology sector from the beginning of November. Several other collective agreements have now been now agreed offering a similar pay rise.

The negotiations in the paper industry were deadlocked and the situation tense after employers offered a zero pay rise. The Paper Workers' Union responded by imposing an overtime ban. As paper mills are run by a minimal staff, this was an effective way by which to make a point.

JHL (23.11.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) Cooperation among the five Nordic countries in many areas is a feature of life, and the same holds true for trade union work. A new step in this cooperation occurred when JHL Bargaining Officer Veikko Lehtonen took up part time work at the Norwegian union Fagforbundet in Oslo in November.

Lehtonen’s work at Fagforbundet is to focus on the terms of employment for personal assistants.

– My task is to think how we can better organise personal assistants and improve their terms of employment. We are also comparing Norwegian and Finnish legislation, Lehtonen says.

JHL (21.11.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) Employees in the public sector are entitled to the same kind of pay rise as those working in industry, the JHL Union Council announced at its meeting in November.

The Union Council does not share the employers’ view that pay rises for those working in the public sector and in services financed through public spending should be extremely moderate in the ongoing collective bargaining round.

Now is the time to address the issue of purchasing power and positive development of income for those working in the public sector.

Helsinki (16.11.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) The Union Council of Tehy - The Union of Health and Social Care Professionals in Finland has elected Millariikka Rytkönen as the new Union President. The term of a President is for four years.

Rytkönen is known as an active participant in discussions in the social media. As new President she promises to bring more visibility to Tehy in the public debate.

"One should not to stay on the edge of the pool moisturising toes, one must dive straight into the social debate", she told the Tehy magazine.

Helsinki (02.11.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) The Finnish Electrical Workers' Union called a targeted strike on Tuesday 1 November.

It covers 1,000 members of the Union working in 16 major export companies that are members of the Technology Industries of Finland. The strike will last until 8 November. One part of the strike is the overtime ban involving all electrical workers.

According to the Electrical Workers' Union the reason for the strike is that the Technology Industries of Finland refused to negotiate on a continuation of the existing electrical workers' collective agreement once its expires at the end of October.

JHL (01.11.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) Shop stewards represent members of trade unions at the working place and offer invaluable assurance to employees. Many of these will be elected this Autumn and JHL, the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors is now looking for candidates to fulfill this responsibility.

The role of a shop steward is crucial when it comes to defending the rights of employees. He or she is the first person to contact if work-related problems should arise.

The main task of a shop steward is to see that the collective agreement is followed and that  all members are getting what the agreement stipulates, like the right salary, overtime pay and holidays.

Helsinki (31.10.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) There is to be a pay rise in the technology industry of 3.2 per cent over the next two years. The deal covers 100,000 employees and will almost certainly serve as a guideline to be followed for the rest of the collective agreements being negotiated this Autumn.

The Finnish Industrial Union and Technology Industries of Finland reached a deal for a new collective agreement in negotiations on Monday 30 October. The deal must still be ratified by the decision making bodies of both parties on Tuesday 31 October, the day on which the old collective agreement expires.

The agreement covers two years beginning from 1 November 2017. There is also an option for a third year, and pay concerning that will be negotiated in Spring 2019.

Helsinki (12.10.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) Negotiations for the paper industry collective agreement have come to a standstill after the employers' organisation the Finnish Forest Industries Federation offered a zero pay rise to the Paper Workers' Union.

"Zero point something would have surprised us, but pure zero left us in total dismay", said the Union Chairperson Petri Vanhala in an interview with Lännen Media.

The Paper Workers' Union is the first industrial union to negotiate on a pay rise this Autumn. Their collective agreement expired at the end of September.

The Union have not published their exact demands for a pay rise. But it is definitely not zero as the paper industry is doing much better economically now than in the past few years.

JHL (06.10.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) 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.

JHL President Päivi Niemi-Laine says that the goal of the Union in this round of negotiations is to get pay rises that can be counted in euro, not as a percentage of current wages.

The logic being that if everyone were to get the same percentage by way of a pay rise the gap between those earning less and those earning far more will only end up getting wider.

JHL seeks to bridge the gender gap in salaries and improve the position of those earning less.