Resolution found for the collective labour agreement of forest workers

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The Finnish Forest Industries Federation, the Federation of Agricultural Employers, Metsähallitus, the Association of Private Forestry Employers and the Wood and Allied Workers’ Union have successfully concluded negotiations for a new collective labour agreement that includes several productivity-enhancing changes. Wages will increase by a total of 10.1% over the contract period, which ends in May 2010. The size of the wage increases matches the other agreements reached in the forest industry.


To offset cost increases, the parties to the agreement have agreed on the implementation of productivity-boosting measures, such as a modernisation of the remuneration system and the possibility of new arrangements with regard to annual leave. The possibility of adopting a working-time bank scheme will also be examined during the contract period. 

The generally-binding collective labour agreement applies to about 3,000 employees in total, most of whom work in forestry.

Further information:

Jari Forss, Senior Vice President (labour market), Finnish Forest Industries Federation, tel. +358 (0)9 132 4440

Veli-Matti Rekola, Managing Director, Federation of Agricultural Employers, tel. +358 (0)9 725 04 500 

Hannu Tolonen, Quality Manager, Metsähallitus, tel. +358 (0)400 130 603

Kari Immonen, Executive Director, Association of Private Forestry Employers, tel. +358 (0)9 684 4380

Sakari Lepola, Negotiating Secretary, Wood and Allied Workers’ Union, +358 (0)400 425 198