University Staff Want to Receive the Same Salary Raise as Other Sectors
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 Monday, February 12.
The bargaining was broken off quickly, as the Employer was not willing to raise their very modest salary raise offer they presented last week.
A certain general level for the salary raises has been already established, to which both the State and the Municipalities are committing to. The Employer's offer is still only approximately half of the raises offered on the general level. This describes well the Employer's general attitude towards the university staff and shows zero appreciation for the valuable work the employees do.
The Employer demands a renewal of the salary system. The Employees are willing to discuss such a renewal, if it is mutually and genuinely negotiated.
The Employer may not be allowed to just dictate matters. All difficult topics, which require preparation, could be transferred into working groups. Both parties seem to also have a very different point of view when it comes to the status and operation of the shop-stewards.
The Employees' side is ready to continue the bargaining about the salary raises for the university staff which are equal to the general level. If the Employer will not negotiate, the Employees' side is prepared to move towards industrial action/strike.
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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).