Updates of Trade Union Union News from Finland from 1997 to 28 May 2013 are published on Juhani Artto’s web site.

Helsinki (18.04.2018 - Heikki Jokinen) The trade unions have been vocal in their criticism of the Government decision to weaken employment security for those under 30 years of age or those working in companies with less than 20 employees.

On 11 April, the Government agreed the General Government Fiscal Plan for 2019–2022.

It will amend the Employment Contracts Act by allowing an employer to make, without restrictions, fixed-term employment contracts with anyone under 30 years of age who has been an unemployed job seeker for at least three months.

The existing legislation demands a justifiable reason for a fixed-term employment contract.

Helsinki (27.03.2018 - Heikki Jokinen) A strike in the financial services sector was avoided at the eleventh hour. The parties reached an agreement on the new collective agreement on the evening before the first three days work stoppage in banks was due to begin.

The negotiations for a new collective agreement in the financial services sector have been going on since October last year. The existing collective agreement had ended back in November.

The crux of the dispute has been weekend work. Both parties are now ready to open up more possibilities for banks to provide service also at the weekends.

Helsinki (23.03.2018 - Heikki Jokinen) The ongoing round of collective bargaining has been going on now for nearly eight months.The  employers' joint coordination throughout the negotiations has been very firm, say trade union leaders.

Finland had a tradition of broad national labour market pacts until the employers' umbrella organisation Confederation of Finnish Industries EK announced that it was no longer willing to be a part of any nationally coordinated labour market pact.

Therefore, collective bargaining is now taking place at union level. Which means the broader scopes are not being set at a national level as before.

PRO (15.03.2018 - Heikki Jokinen) Negotiations surrounding a new collective agreement for the financial services sector remain deadlocked. Trade Union Pro has issued new strike warnings for March and April in a bid to speed up the stalled negotiations.

The main reason for the deadlock is the employers' uncompromising demand for unilateral control over working hours, including weekends. The pay rise question has not yet been resolved either.

Antti Hakala, Director of the Finance Sector in Trade Union Pro says that the Union is ready to make a deal that would mean weekend work could be agreed locally at individual workplaces according to the needs of both the company and employees. The employers do not accept this and want to have sole power when it comes to deciding on weekend work.