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

JHL (21.09.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) 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.

JHL, the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors has some 60 collective agreements which cover various sectors and companies.

The Union will hold ten regional meetings for its members in October. This will afford members the opportunity to voice their views and opinions on what they see as important in the upcoming round of collective bargaining.

Helsinki (18.09.2017 - Heikki Jokinen). A new round of collective bargaining has begun. Several major collective agreements are due for renewal this Autumn. The question concerning the level of pay rise is still open.

The first one to negotiate is the Paper Workers' Union. Their collective agreement expires at the end of September. The Union announced on 12 September that all the original demands of both sides are all still on the negotiation table.

The Union want to see changes in rules with respect to working hours, protection against dismissal and transition assistance. The employers are interested in increasing flexibility regarding working hours and the use of hired labour.

As the pay rise is always the last thing to be negotiated, no figures have been published so far as to what this might be.

Helsinki (21.08.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) The position of those with zero-hours contract must be improved during the next round of collective bargaining, insists the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK.

This year there will be no national labour market pact, the unions will negotiate individually their own collective agreements. A large number of collective agreements will be negotiated this autumn.

However, SAK have prepared qualitative goals for the collective agreements. SAK published these in August. The goals are common for all the SAK member unions, but the unions are free to adopt various methods to work towards reaching them.

JHL (16.08.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) Trade unions representing the municipal sector are seeking a significant pay rise in the next round of collective bargaining.

"The public sector has already done its part in the wake of massive cuts", the unions say in their joint statement. "An unfair cut in the holiday bonus was forced on the public sector as part of the national labour pact."

The unions are standing firm and and say the incomes of public sector employees cannot be frozen. Strengthening domestic demand will strengthen employment.