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Tue, 08 Dec, 2015 12:04:41 AM
Social contract
FTimes – STT Report, Dec 8
 
SAK Chairman Lauri Lyly. Photo – Lehtikuva.
The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions-SAK will re-evaluate its objectives, if at some point the social contract negotiations were to continue, said Lauri Lyly, the chair of SAK.
 
SAK’s offer for negotiation was still valid as by Monday.
 
Lyly stressed that the initiative to continue with the negotiations and the withdrawal of the coercive legislative measures is in the hands of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) and the government.
 
“The coercive laws are confusing for next year’s autumn labour market round of talks. Furthermore, the unions have pointed out that the mandatory laws will affect the setting of targets in the next year’s autumn agreements,” Lyly warned.
 
SAK’s offer included, among other things, a null solution on wages for next year and flexible holiday bonus.
 
The social contract negotiations collapsed last week when EK refused to accept the withdrawal of the Transport Workers’ Union (AKT) from a possible settlement with the trade unions.
 
AKT said the decision to pull out was as a result of an earlier announcement by EK that it would not support centralised income policy after April 2016, said the union. Instead, the union said, it will engage in union-specific contracts in 2017.
 
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