Changes to the collective labour agreements for university and government employees

8.6.2016

On 3 June, the university sector reached a negotiation result according to the competitiveness pact. On 8 June, the university sector’s negotiation delegation of JUKO approved the negotiation result, i.e. the revision of the terms of employment in the university sector for the period from 1 February 2017 to 31 January 2018. The board of the Public Sector Negotiation Commission JUKO will discuss the matter on 14 June while the board of the Finnish Union of University Professors convenes on 10 June.

The collective labour agreement for university sector will be extended by one year, during which time there will be no general pay increase. The payroll system development task force, the working hours and payroll system for teacher training schools task force, the working hours’ task force, the joint task force of statistics, and the co-operation procedure and occupational health and safety task force will all operate during the agreement period.

The fees according to the university pay roll system for evaluation groups will remain as they are. There will be no cuts in the holiday bonuses of the university sector employees.

The annual total of working hours will increase by 24 hrs.

Changes in the working hours regulations will become active on 1 January 2017, which means that the annual normal working hours for university teaching and research personnel will be 1624 hrs.  The maximum amount of professors’ contact teaching will be 142 hrs. per academic year. The maximum amount of contact teaching included in the work plan for teaching oriented posts will be 396/455 respectively.

Local bargaining

In the universities, the minimum requirements for salary or other economic benefits according to the collective agreement may be negotiated between the employer and the main shop steward. Such an agreement requires an economic crisis situation, which may lead to a reduction in the usage of labour force. Local bargaining may also be in question should the university’s functions or its purpose according to the Universities Act become endangered due to a diminished economic situation threatening the university’s functions and its job security. First, the negotiating parties must agree upon the situation, which enables the local bargaining. The agreement may be made for a fixed-term of one year, during which time there can be no employee dismissals or layoffs by the employer due to financial and production-related grounds. 

Changes to the collective labour agreement for government employees

The Public Sector Negotiating Commission JUKO has confirmed the renewal of the collective labour agreement for government employees intended for the period of 1 February 2017 to 31 January 2018. The collective labour agreement for government employees will be extended by one year during which time there will be no general pay increase. Holiday bonuses will be cut by 30 per cent during the years 2017-2019. The annual government office working hours will be extended by 6 minutes daily. The gender equality task force, the government employee payroll system development task force, and the working hours task force, among others, will operate during the agreement period. There will be an increase in the local bargaining opportunities as well.