Technology industry

Industrial union and tech employers find common ground on the ABC

INDUSTRIAL UNION and employers in Finland’s tech industry announced on Tuesday that they had reached common ground on a new collective agreement, easing the threat of strikes hanging over the important export industry.

The agreement in principle was concluded under the direction of the National Conciliator Vuokko Piekkala, according to Helsingin Sanomat.

Labor market organizations declined to comment on details of the deal, as it still needs to be approved by their decision-making bodies.

The Industrial Union warned last week, in an attempt to break the deadlock in negotiations, that about 40,000 of its members were ready to begin a two-week strike at 300 tech companies on January 14.

The agreement is important in other ways as well.

The Industrial Union and Technological Industries of Finland have in previous rounds of negotiations paved the way for agreements in other sectors, effectively setting limits on wage increases in all sectors.

Finland’s technology industry employers concluded three collective agreements with the Federation of Professionals and Managers (YTN) last week. The agreements guarantee employees 1.8% wage increases this year, unless another compromise is found in workplace-specific talks.

While the employers’ organization suggested the agreements would set limits for the current round of negotiations, the view was not shared by Riku Aalto, the chairman of the Industrial Union, on Tuesday. The Industrial Union has called for wage increases of more than 2%.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT