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Morning commuters waited for taxis at Eliel Square in Helsinki on Friday. A demonstration staged in the city in protest of the activation model for unemployment security has yet to cause major congestions on roads or railways.
Morning commuters waited for taxis at Eliel Square in Helsinki on Friday. A demonstration staged in the city in protest of the activation model for unemployment security has yet to cause major congestions on roads or railways.

 

Finnish trade unions have reiterated their readiness to resort to industrial action in order to add a sense of urgency to the ongoing collective bargaining negotiations.

Service Union United (PAM) has announced that cleaners, caretakers and property managers employed in the real estate industry began refusing overtime work as of 4pm on Thursday, arguing that the overtime ban is a justified response to the revisions proposed by the Real Estate Employers (Kita).

Kita has proposed that no additional compensation be paid for work performed on public holidays, the eves of public holidays, Saturdays or Sundays. It has also called for a variety of extensions to daily working time that could be assigned unilaterally by employers.

Its proposal would reduce the personnel costs of employers in the real estate industry by roughly eight per cent, according to calculations made by PAM.

“If you mess around with the bonuses, it will not feel good,” Tea Määttänen, the chief shop steward for ISS Palvelut, states in a press release from PAM.

The Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors (JHL) has similarly announced a ban on overtime work and shift trading in response to deadlocked negotiations over general and workplace-specific wage increases as well as means to compensate for cuts in holiday bonuses. The bans are to enter into effect next Monday.

“If we fail to make good progress in the talks this weekend, we will start preparing for other industrial actions in addition to the overtime and shift trading bans,” says Håkan Ekström, the head of bargaining at JHL.

Industrial actions have also been approved by the boards of the Finnish Union of Practical Nurses (Super) and the Union of Health and Social Care Professionals in Finland (Tehy).

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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