Markku Jalonen, the head of labour market affairs at Local Government Employers (KT), estimates that the decision of the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff (Akava) to drop out of an agreement on the reform of the national pension system poses a threat to the labour market.
“I don't want to dramatise, but Akava dropping out is a threat,” he says.
In the negotiations, Jalonen represented the state, municipalities and church – employers that negotiate with Akava on a number of work-related issues. “Ultimately, the boundaries of the agreement proved too rigid for the accrual increments demanded by Akava,” he reveals.
Akava confirmed officially on Friday that it will drop out of the agreement, as it did the previous time.
Teemu Luukka – HS
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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