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

Helsinki (14.11.2016 - Heikki Jokinen) It was agreed earlier this year under the national Competitiveness Pact that annual working time would be extended by 24 hours while pay should remain the same.

The pact covers some 90 per cent of Finnish wage and salary earners. Putting the pact into the practise at company level has not been an easy task and it seems quite a few companies do not need their employees to work more than before.

Turja Lehtonen, the Union Secretary of the Finnish Metalworkers' Union says in the newspaper Kansan Uutiset that at company level negotiations aimed at applying the national pact there have been several instances where working hours were not extended.

Helsinki (27.10.2016 - Heikki Jokinen) A majority of Finns would be ready to disclose wages and salaries in order to advance gender equality. In accordance with Finnish legislation individual salaries are not made public.

The figure is from a survey commissioned by the Finnish Confederation of Professionals STTK.

Of those asked in the survey, 58 per cent said they would be ready to remove confidentiality on salaries for the sake of gender equality. Women (64 per cent) were more ready for this than men (51 per cent).

JHL (27.10.2016 - Heikki Jokinen) More than one hundred Finnish municipalities have been taking back some of their outsourced services, according to the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL. Finland has 313 municipalities.
The main reasons for cancelling contracts have been due to problems with quality and price.

This information is based on a survey done by the public pension institution Keva and can be found in a letter JHL sent in October to some 7,500 members and deputy members of municipal councils. The letter is sent four times a year.

The municipal council is the highest decision making body of local governments and is elected by secret ballot for a four year term. The number of councillors vary from 17 to 85 depending on the number of inhabitants in each municipality.

Helsinki (21.10.2016 - Heikki Jokinen) The number of people under threat of redundancy in Finland during the third quarter of the year was 11,849. And this is lower than it has been in the last five years.

These numbers are from statistics compiled by the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK. The figures show the number of employees who have had to go through the mandatory consultation process with regard to possible personnel cuts.

The Act of Cooperation stipulates that in all undertakings with more than 20 employees, any planned redundancies are subject to mandatory consultation with personnel representatives. The final number of redundancies in such cases invariably remains open.

The statistics are based on information made publicly available and do not include the municipal sector. This means that in real terms the actual figures are even greater still.