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

Helsinki (04.09.2018 - Heikki Jokinen) A number of trade unions are demanding that the Finnish Government withdraw the planned amendment to the Employment Contracts Act. It is aimed at easing the criteria for individual dismissal in businesses employing 20 people or less.

The Board of SAK, the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions concluded at its meeting on Monday 3. September that all SAK unions are prepared to take measures against the planned amendment. The unions will decide individually what their measures will be.

However, the protests are not limited only to SAK member unions. Some unions from the other two Finnish trade union confederations, STTK and Akava, have already announced they are ready to act, too.

JHL (3.9.2018 - Heikki Jokinen) JHL, the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors is considering measures should the Finnish Government go ahead with preparations for new legislation to make individual dismissals easier.

In practise this could mean taking industrial action such as a ban on overtime or limited and targeted strikes.

The Union has not specified what types of action would be taken, but mentions that these will be extended gradually. The details and schedule will be announced later, said the Union Executive Committee in its unanimous decision.

The Finnish Government has prepared an amendment to the Employment Contracts Act aimed at easing the criteria for individual dismissal in businesses employing 20 people or less. Trade unions are united in vehemently opposing the proposal.

Helsinki (28.08.2018 - Heikki Jokinen) The players in the Finnish men's national football team are prepared to cut their pay by 25 - 33 per cent in order to support the women's national team.

Following recent negotiations the new agreement on pay will be signed soon, confirms the Secretary general of the Football Association of Finland, Marco Casagrande to Yle news.

According to the agreement success in the international games like the Union of European Football Associations UEFA Nations League this autumn would bring money for women, too.

"If men are getting money prizes from Uefa, they are ready to give a part of this to women, too", Casagrande says. In effect, this means women would then receive some 10 - 20 per cent of the Uefa prize money available.

Helsinki (17.08.2018 - Heikki Jokinen) The plan for new legislation to ease individual dismissal is hitting sectors where the workforce is primarily made up of women hardest, say trade union leaders Ann Selin and Päivi Niemi-Laine.

Selin is the President of the Service Union United PAM and Päivi Niemi-Laine is the President of the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors.

The Government proposal is aimed at easing the criteria for individual dismissal in businesses employing 20 people or less.

The proposed legislation will target in particular employees in the service and public services sectors, as these do not often have regulations on dismissals in their collective agreements. Almost 70 per cent of those working in these sectors are women.