New collective agreement concluded in the paper industry

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Wages will rise by about 4% at the annual level, the pay system will be reformed and workers’ job security will be improved in the face of restructuring. The present collective agreement expires at the end of May 2008.

The paper industry will adopt a new pay system that will promote multiskilled jobs. The pay system will provide opportunities and incentives to diversify tasks and encourage to acquire broadly-based competence with the help of personal training plans. The new pay system will improve the labour usage and support business operations.

The new collective agreement includes cent and euro wage increases and will raise costs by about 4% a year. The new agreement also contains solutions that will allow the adoption of flexible working hours, increase occupational wellbeing and strengthen job security in restructuring situations.

 "In my opinion the solution is well balanced and genuinely takes both sides’ views into consideration. The agreement also includes numerous positive changes in workers’ conditions of employment. One important goal of the agreement is to increase real cooperation at the confederation and local level. I also consider it positive that we were able to reach an agreement in good time before the expiration of the current agreement, without outside assistance and without confrontation," says Mr Jouko Ahonen, the President of the Finnish Paper Workers’ Union.

 "Together with the Paper Workers’ Union we have achieved an important agreement that will support the paper industry’s ability to react to market changes as well as the broad development of workers’ competence. The new pay system will improve future possibilities for both employers and workers. This is a step in the right direction and provides a good basis on which to continue the development together with the Paper Workers’ Union," says Mr Jari Forss, Senior Vice President, Labour Market at the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.

 

For more information, please contact
President Jouko Ahonen, Finnish Paper Workers’ Union, tel. +358 400 759 871

Senior Vice President Jari Forss, Finnish Forest Industries Federation, tel. +358 40 570 7652

 

The collective agreement covers about 20,000 workers in the paper industry.