The Big Picture Lost at the Universities’ Collective Bargaining


The Association of Finnish Independent Education Employers (AFIEE), (which represent the Universities) and the JUKO, Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors (JHL) and Federation of Salaried Employees (Pardia) which represent the employees, continued their collective bargaining January 18.

The negotiations concentrated still in the salary system renewal driven by the Employer. The Employer handed out their third version of their propositon, in which they answered to the comments and suggestions made earlier this Monday by the Employees. So far it is unclear how the proposed salary system renewal would benefit the University employees.

The possible changes to the salary system will be discussed in the next meeting, but next week the collective bargaining will move on to other topics.

One specific goal for JUKO is to effect the great number of fixed-term contracts at universities. This has been a very long-lasting problem, which both parties should handle together

It appears that the level of the salary raises will be discussed at the last few meetings reagrding the collective bargaining. The current Collective Agreement for the Universities is valid until January 31. after which there will be a period in which there is no valid contract in place, if the new collective agreement has not been signed until then.

The collective bargaining continues January 22.

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For further information, please contact:

  • Negotiation Manager Markku Kojo, JUKO, tel. +358 400 419784.

The Negotiation Organisation for Public Sector Professionals (JUKO) is an umbrella organisation negotiating on behalf of more than 200,000 municipal, state, university and church employees. JUKO represents more than 18,000 wage earners in the university sector. The collective agreement for universities will be negotiated with the Association of Finnish Independent Education Employers (AFIEE). The other umbrella organisations taking part in the negotiations in addition to JUKO are the Federation of Salaried Employees (Pardia) and Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors (JHL).