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.