Labour market confederations kick off fifth round of negotiations

The representatives of labour market confederations gathered around a conference table at the headquarters of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) in Helsinki on Thursday for what is already the fifth attempt to iron out a so-called social contract.

The representatives of labour market confederations sat back down at the table on Thursday for what is already their fifth attempt to agree on an alternative to the coercive measures proposed by the Finnish Government.

“A lot of work remains to be done,” tweeted Lauri Lyly, the president of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK).

Jyri Häkämies, the chief executive officer at the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), reminded that finding an agreement is in the best interest of the entire country. “Many have voiced their encouragement, quite a few their doubts. If everyone is willing to compromise, it will benefit all Finns,” he tweeted.

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Markku Jalonen, the head of labour market affairs at Local Government Employers (KT), suggested the stakeholders in the negotiations are determined to iron out an agreement but reminded that the negotiating dynamics have only shifted partly and remain “very challenging”.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Petteri Paalasmaa – Uusi Suomi
Source: Uusi Suomi