Helsinki (19.10.2022 - Heikki Jokinen) In a television commercial, a group of kids argue in the playground about whose mother has the most important job. They list a chef, teacher, police officer and a lieutenant in the military.

Then, another small kid pipes up from the sandbox and says that "my mother makes all the jobs of your mothers". The ad concludes with a voice and a text: "salaries in the public sector are paid for by the tax of good companies".

Behind the ad is the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK. It is the major central organisation for private sector employers.

Helsinki (17.10.2022 - Heikki Jokinen) In January 2022, the collective agreements for the technology and chemical industry were agreed for two years, leaving only the pay rise for 2023 open for discussion. Negotiations towards this end have not led to a result and the Industrial Union have now terminated the agreements.

The Federation of Professional and Managerial Staff YTN has also decided to call a halt to its technology industry collective agreements. The technology industry agreements are still valid until the end of November, the one for the chemical industry was valid until the end of September.

Riku Aalto, President of the Industrial Union, says that the views of the parties are now exceptionally far away from each other.

Helsinki (05.10.2022 – Heikki Jokinen) on 3 October, the nurses’ unions Tehy and Super and the employers' organisations have accepted the National Conciliator’s proposal for a new collective agreement for nurses in the municipal sector social and health care. According to the unions, it will guarantee at least a 17.3 per cent pay rise over the next five years, with an increase of 15.3 percent in the first three years.

The deal includes a 600 euro one-time bonus to nurses, who cared for covid-19 patients. Tehy and Super estimate that the average salary of a nurse will see an increase in pay from 2 625 now to 3 117 euro in 2027. For practical nurses pay will go up from 2 255 to 2 677 euro.

Tehy - The Union of Health and Social Care Professionals in Finland says that the new collective agreement includes several improvements in working conditions, too.

Helsinki (27.09.2022 - Heikki Jokinen) Since 2005, the Summer Job Helpline has been helping young people doing their summer job. The service is run by the three Finnish trade union confederations Akava, SAK and STTK.

Pay, working hours and employment contracts and how to terminate them, were the most frequently asked questions, says Hanna-Marilla Zidan on the SAK website. She ran the service from 2 May to 31 August.

Of those who contacted the Helpline, 72 per cent were summer workers. One out of five were parents and five per cent employers.