– Although the recent breakthrough between the Finnish industrial union and the Finnish technology industry has received a great deal of media attention, it does not appear to have addressed the general impasse in collective bargaining. This is partly due to a strong line from employers that the provisions of the 2016 competition pact have been removed from the industrial union collective agreement, but should not be automatically removed from other collective agreements. Overall, less attention has been paid to the fact that almost 70% of workers covered by the technology industry collective agreements in Finland have not yet obtained new regulations, representing about 200,000 employees and senior managers. As a AKAVA collective bargaining organization for the private sector, YTN is responsible for negotiation and contract activities for AKAVA`s foreign service members in the areas of trade, services and industry. All collective agreements for 2020-2021 (in Finnish) Due to the obligation to protect labour, a labour dispute is prohibited during the duration of the collective agreement against the conditions set out in collective agreements. The terms and conditions of the collective agreement must apply to all employees in the industry, whether they are unionized or not. The system works as long as the number of members is large enough. Collective bargaining has been ongoing since the fall. Some agreements negotiated by the Federation of Executives and Professions (YTN) have already expired last October and the last remaining agreements expire at the end of January. So far, no new negotiation agreement has been reached.
Our members work in a wide range of industries, including technology, ICT, finance, real estate, transportation and commerce, as well as general industry. One of YTY`s core tasks is to promote and promote the common interests of its members in the workplace and in society at large. YTY shares this collective lobbying role with the Association of Trade Unions for Professional Executives in Finland – Akava and the Association of Executives and Professions – YTN, which lobbies private sector staff in trade unions close to Akava. Staff representatives include elected officials of senior managers, headteachers and other representatives elected to positions of trust, staff liaison officers and representatives elected under the Employment Contracts Act.