New collective agreement reached in Finnish financial services sector
UNI Finance sends its congratulations to Finnish affiliates on reaching the national collective agreement for the banking sector after long and difficult negotiations, which began in October 2017. This is an admirable result, moreover against the growing trend of attacks on national collective bargaining.
Pro’s Finance Sector members and staff members warmly thank the UNI Europa Finance affiliates for the support they received, in particular for all the replies to the questions related to weekend work.
As previously reported, strike warnings had been given as negotiations were unsatisfactory and in fact, the parties only reached an agreement on the new collective agreement in the evening before the first three days of work stoppage in banks was due to begin on 26 March.
The main contentious issue was weekend work, however both parties are now ready to explore more possibilities for banks to provide services also at the weekends. Antti Hakala, Director of the Finance Sector in Trade Union Pro, states that the goal of Trade Union Pro has consistently been that weekend work must be voluntary and take into account the personal life situation of employees. This agreement guarantees it.
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