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Trade Union News from Finland
Helsinki (25.11.2021 - Heikki Jokinen) The steadfast action against an employers’ bogus "union" for those employed distributing unaddressed mail and free-sheet newspapers bears fruit.
The Finnish Post and Logistics Union PAU has succeeded in getting employers in the branch to pay hundreds of thousands euro in compensation for underpaying employees that were under a generally binding collective agreement.
Since 2009, there has been a generally binding collective agreement in the branch and all companies are obliged to follow it. Some employers were unhappy with it and set up their own "trade union" - the so-called yellow union - Suomen Mainosjakajien Etujärjestö SME.
Helsinki (18.11.2021 - Heikki Jokinen) At least three trade unions will cut their membership dues from the beginning of the next year.
JHL, the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors had already decided to cut dues from the current 1.38 per cent of taxable wage or salary to exactly one per cent. JHL will also introduce a cap on the union fee, 600 euro a year.
Jan Saarinen, JHL Director of finance says in the union press release that the union will compensate the loss of income from dues using the wealth the union has accumulated over the years. Services will not be cut.
The Industrial Union board unanimously proposed to their Union Council meeting at the end of November a similar move to one per cent due. At the moment the Industrial Union dues is 1.33 per cent of taxable income.
Helsinki (11.11.2021 - Heikki Jokinen) Wednesday 10 November is the day the Finnish Tax Administration publishes all tax data from the year 2020. Each year this is a memorable event. The Finnish media was soon full of information on the incomes of top earners; business people, sportsmen, artists and even the most famous prisoners.
In Finland, detailed tax data is made public by law. Everyone has the right to know and see the income earned and tax paid by their fellow citizens. This openness is widely seen as a fundamental part of a democratic society.
It reveals what kind of work is rewarded, what is happening in business right now, and naturally, knowledge of income provides a background for discussion on equality in working life.
Helsinki (26.10.2021 - Heikki Jokinen) Employers are finally willing to proceed with negotiations for a new collective agreement for the technology industry.
They have furnished the Industrial Union with a list of companies that are ready to join the national level collective agreement. The union believes this list to be so comprehensive that the collective agreement will become generally binding. Now, the work can begin.
Riku Aalto, president of the Industrial Union says in his blog on the union web page that normally by this time in autumn most of the issues in the collective agreement are already negotiated.
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