FINNISH FOREST INDUSTRIES FEDERATION
PAPER WORKERS’ UNION
12 June 2006
The working group on the future of the paper industry, which set about its task in December 2005, went over key factors influencing competitiveness such as changes in the operating environment, changes in employment and productivity, profitability and the cost structure in the industry, and matters regarding working hours, labour costs and earnings. The working group wrapped up discussions on schedule at the end of May 2006.
The collective agreement that was signed on 1 July 2005 called for the establishment of a working group on the future of the paper industry. The working group held its first meeting on 19 December 2005 and met six times in all. It was chaired by Permanent Secretary Raimo Sailas and included a wide range of representatives from the social partners such as the Paper Workers’ Union, the Finnish Forest Industries Federation and representatives of Central organizations and customers. Research Director Pekka Ylä-Anttila of the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy directed the preparation of the working group’s report.
APPENDIX TO PRESS RELEASE 12.6.2006
Mandate of the working group on the future of the paper industry
The collective agreement that was signed on 1 July 2005 called for the establishment of a working group on the future of the paper industry with the following mandate:
"Changes in the paper industry’s working environment
On 26 January 2004 the Prime Minister’s Office launched a project to study factors contributing to the success of Finnish work and production amid global change (globalization project). One of the tasks of the project was to support the labour market organizations’ dialogue concerning success factors in different sectors. This dialogue is meant to promote the development of employment, competitiveness and productivity.
The Finnish Forest Industries Federation and the Paper Workers’ Union participated in the dialogue in the national globalization project. The parties’ evaluations concerning the pressures for change caused by increased competition and internationalization and proposals for necessary measures were part of the project.
The Finnish Forest Industries Federation and the Paper Workers’ Union will continue the dialogue. They will produce information concerning changes in the paper industry’s operating environment as a result of globalization. With the above in mind the parties will study possibilities to promote employment, productivity, effective local solutions and good practices in the paper industry. Developing trust and collective bargaining can make it easier to meet challenges at mills and in the branch as a whole.
For this purpose the parties will establish a working group so that it can set about its task on 15 September 2005. Representatives of central organizations, the state and customers will also be invited to participate in the working group. The parties will appoint a person who has knowledge of the effects of internationalization and increased competition on work and business life as chairman of the working group and also two secretaries, one named by the Finnish Forest Industries Federation and the other by the Paper Workers’ Union.
The working group will prepare its recommendations and positions based on its mandate and present them to the Finnish Forest Industries Federation and the Paper Workers’ Union by 31 May 2006."