Negotiations in the municipal sector have been ongoing since January. In late February, the employers’ side suspended the negotiations without even proposing an agreement. Since 7 March, negotiations have continued at the National Conciliator’s Office.
Exerting pressure to speed up the negotiations
The collective agreements expired on 28 February, and the period without an agreement that began on 1 March has made it possible to take measures that exert pressure to speed up the negotiations.
The Negotiation Organisation for Public Sector Professionals JUKO, which represents Loimu members, has sped up the negotiations with measures such as multiple bans on overtime and shift swaps and issued a strike warning for 10 cities. The strike warnings apply to Loimu members working for the cities in question, with some exceptions. All of these measures to exert pressure are taken in cooperation with other municipal-sector collective bargaining organisations, i.e. JHL and Jyty, which means that municipal employees are widely involved in all measures.
Threat of a two-day strike in six cities
JUKO, JHL and Jyty have issued a warning of a two-day strike for the cities of Jyväskylä, Rovaniemi, Tampere, Kuopio, Oulu and Turku.
Threat of a week-long strike in the capital region
A warning of a seven-day strike has been issued for the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen.
JUKO’s objectives for the agreement
JUKO is seeking an agreement where pay increases secure the development of employees’ purchasing power in relation to inflation.
In addition, JUKO also seeks to, for example, establish a separate pay programme for municipal employees, which can be used to produce a positive effect on pay development and correct the distortions and injustices that have come about over the years.