Labor market Riku Aalto: The Confederation of Finnish Industry will assess on Sunday whether an agreement will be reached in the technology industry

The current contract expires next Tuesday, and the non-contractual status would begin in early December.

Autumn in collective bargaining, a critical point is approaching, with the current agreement in the technology industry ending as early as the end of November, next Tuesday.

Both the Confederation of Finnish Industry and the Technology Industry Employers’ Association, which represents the employer side, confirm that negotiations are now under way so that a new agreement can be reached.

Chairman of the Confederation of Finnish Industry Riku Aalto said at a fall council meeting on Thursday that talks would resume on Sunday.

“Hopefully, then, we will be able to assess whether we have the prerequisites to achieve the outcome of the negotiations during November. If there are no preconditions, we will also have to assess what kind of organizational activities may be launched and when their time is up, ”said Aalto.

HS asked the CEO of the Technology Industry Employers Association Jarkko from Ruohoniemi, at what point the negotiations are now from the employers’ point of view.

“It is planned to meet on Sunday, and the intention is that the agreement will be reached yet,” Ruohoniemi says.

According to Ruohoniemi, 837 companies have joined the new association so far, employing a total of about 148,150 people.

Coverage is already close to 60 percent, so a universally binding agreement is emerging in the industry.

If a new agreement is not reached yet in November, the non-contractual state will be entered.

Ruohoniemi is still of the opinion that the so – called after – effect of the old agreement will not exist in principle, when the contract is no longer the Technology Industry Association, but a new association.

In practice, he has instructed those who have joined the new association to comply with the terms of the old agreement from December onwards, if there is no new one.

“There is no reason to start making new working conditions agreements now, but the situation is different in those companies that plan to enter into company-specific agreements,” says Ruohoniemi.

In addition to the text issues, the negotiations have already spoken about the model of salary increases, but not about the actual percentages, Ruohoniemi says. The model refers to the attitude towards the so-called sternboard in the absence of local agreements.

Industry Association According to Aalto, it now appears that changes in the labor market are becoming smaller than expected in the technology industry.

“With companies now opting for universal binding on the industry, many of the concerns raised by the wage earners side have faded. The changes in the labor market initiated unilaterally by employers are remaining very small in relation to the labor market as a whole – ie the entire Finnish labor market, ”said Aalto.

However, according to Aalto, there is still a long way to go. Negotiations in all areas of the agreement are badly under way.

“We are largely in this situation because the employer has wanted to do this. The structural crusades on the South Coast cost the parties many months of good negotiation time, ”Aalto said.

Technology sector According to Aalto, the delay in the negotiations will also hinder the progress of other tables, as employers are waiting for a solution from the technology industry before they are ready to agree elsewhere.

“The Confederation of Finnish Industry wants to make agreements, but not at any price. Industry order books are now full, so there should be nothing wrong with our competitiveness. We want a solution that secures the positive development of our members’ purchasing power, ”said Aalto.

Aalto also regretted that not all companies intend to comply with the post-protection of contracts.

“Unfortunately we already know of companies where employees have been unilaterally notified of the deterioration in employment conditions as of December 1st. I say to these companies that the stern is right, ”Aalto threatened with consequences.

In the forest industry in particular, the risks of labor market disruption are on the rise.

“In the forest industry, company-specific negotiations have progressed tangledly. We have about 200 contract partners, but only two completed contracts have been signed, and even for smaller companies. Even at this stage, it is clear that industrial action in forest companies is hardly avoided. ”

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