Popularity of local bargaining is on the rise in Finland, reports SAK
The popularity of local bargaining is on the rise in Finland, according to the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK).
SAK on Thursday revealed that its survey found that local agreements have been made at almost two-thirds (64%) of its member companies over the past two years â" compared to fewer than six-tenths (59%) in 2016.
â Local agreements on wage increases became more common during the bargaining round that concluded last spring,â tells Ismo Kokko, an expert in collective bargaining at SAK. âHolidays, performance-based pays and the balancing of working hours are other issues that are commonly agreed on at workplaces.â
SAK revealed that local bargaining is particularly popular in the manufacturing industries, where local agreements have been made at almost four-fifths (78%) of workplaces. The transport industry, by contrast, is the only industry where local agreements have been made at fewer than half of workplaces.
The 993 shop stewards and safety representatives surveyed by the central organisation also estimated that the reluctance of employers has been the main obstacle to local bargaining.
âThe survey found that the reluctance of employers has increased noticeably over the past two years. Thirty-nine per cent of respondents two years ago said the reluctance of emp loyers was the most noticeable obstacle to bargaining, while 59 per cent of panel members were of that opinion this year,â highlights Kokko.
The other obstacles to local bargaining include uneven bargaining position, pressure from employers and the reluctance of employers to negotiate on issues proposed by employees, according to SAK.
The survey was conducted last spring.
Aleksi Teivainen â" HT
Photo: Heikki Saukkomaa â" Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi