Loimu’s members in the municipal sector work in hospital laboratories, environmental healthcare, environmental monitoring and inspection duties and teaching. The general terms for employment for Loimu members working in the municipality sector are determined by General collective agreement for municipal personnel (KVTES) and other municipal collective agreements. Some 1000 Loimu members work in the municipal sector.
Advocacy work in the municipal sector
Akava’s negotiation activities in the municipal sector is handled via the Negotiation Organisation for Public Sector Professionals JUKO. The employers are represented by KT Local Government Employers. KT is part of the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, where it deals with labour market matters and issues relating to working life improvement.
JUKO is the contractual counterparty in four collective agreements in the municipal sector: the General Collective Agreement for Municipal Personnel (KVTES), the Collective Agreement for Technical Personnel (TS), the Collective Agreement for Teachers (OVTES) and the Collective Agreement for Physicians (LS).
The JUKO negotiation committee for the municipal sector decides on the collective agreements in the municipal sector and related comments, and submits proposals to the Board of JUKO for the approval or rejection of the collective agreements.
Advocacy work at the local level is also part of JUKO’s operations. JUKO has some 500 senior representatives and 1,000 representatives in municipalities and joint municipal authorities. The representatives negotiate with employers at workplaces and assist members in employment-related problems.
Loimu and several other Akava affiliates publish the quarterly e-newsletter Kuntatiimi (“Municipal Team”) for their members in the municipal sedctor. In order to receive the newsletter, members must ensure that their e-mail address and employer information is correctly entered in the union’s register of members.
The job-based pay is determined by the collective agreement for each sector. It is based on an assessment of the demands of work. The components of pay are job-based pay i.e. basic pay, person-based pay, working time compensations and goal-sharing plan. The person-based pay is determined by work experience, individual competence and work performance.
Workingtime compensations are paid of uncomfortable working time (evening, night, weekend, bank holidays, stand-by), additional and overtime work.
The terms for annual leave for municipality personnel differ from the annual holiday act and the benefis are better than in common labour market. The annual leave in municipality sector is in principal determined by the General Collective Agreement for Municipal Personnel (KVTES). The lenght of the annual leave is determined by the number of full holiday credit months, approved work experince and the lenght of the employment relationship.
Working time related issues have mainly been agreed in general collective agreements for municipal sector. The working time forms for the municipal sector are standard working hours, office working hours and period-based working hours. All the working time forms have their own definitons for overtime and compensations paid for it.
In charge for advocacy work in the municipal sector in Loimu
Marjaana KousaLegal Advisor