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Trade Union Pro: Collective bargaining negotiations have stopped in the ICT-sector

10.11.2017 13:25
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Palta, the employers organization for service sector businesses and organizations in Finland rejected yesterday the agreement proposal for the continuation of the bargainng process. Because of this, Trade Union Pro has given the employers organziation and the National Conciliator a notice of a strike action due to begin on the 27th of November. The possible strike will last until the 1st of December. The ban on working overtime is still in place.

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The further weakenings to the collective agreements proposed by Palta are appalling. The proposals have included such drastic changes to the collective agreements that it would have been impossible for Trade Union Pro to accept them. The negative changes would have affected the wages of especially those working in customer service and those doing shift work.

The changes to company level negotiations proposed by Palta were so extreme, that if accepted, the changes would have wrecked the regulation of working hours.

The structure of pay rises included in the collective agreements negotiated in the industrial sector, cannot be adapted as such for the ICT-sector. The salary system for the clerical employees of the ICT-sector is different than those in the industrial sector. Therefore, the proposal on pay rises put forward by Palta wouldn’t have guaranteed the real purchase power of clerical employees in the ICT-sector.

The export based collective bargaining model isn’t suitable for companies that operate in the national market. From the perspective of the clerical employees, it is crucial to fit the question of pay rises into the context of the profitability of the sector. During the negotiations there was a sense that although the negotations are being held on a union level, the employers organization was being steered from the outside. This steering had a negative impact on the negotiations.

A notice of strike action given – Strike begins on the 27th of November

Trade Union Pro has given the employers organziation and the National Conciliator a notice of a strike action. The collective bargaining was affected by a lack of trust between the parties involved. Experiences from previous negotiations and the continuous challenging of established interpretations have also made finding resolution for a new collective agreement significally more difficult.

The strike involving all of the ICT-sector begins on Monday the 27th of November 2017 at 6.00 in the morning and ends on Friday the 1st of December 2017 at 23.59.

The ban on working overtime is still ongoing. Please follow further member briefings for more information on the development of the situation.