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Collective agreement negotiations in a nutshell

This autumn, the negotiations affect over 100 000 professionals in such fields as technology, the IT service sector, and design and consulting. Read more about the strike warning and strike pay below.

The consulting sector has issued a strike warning

YTN Consulting Sector has issued a strike warning on Sunday 24.11.2019. The strike warning concerns a three day strike that is to take place during the period 9.12.-18.12. 

This strike includes all of the largest companies in the consulting sector, employing a total of some 75 % of the personnel in the sector. All work tasks of senior salaried employees in these companies are included in the strike.

The strike also includes a few companies that are not members of the employers' association. They are included because we do not wish to give them a baseless competitive advantage during these industrial actions. Furthermore, the staff of these companies also enjoys or, in an unfortunate scenario, suffers from the terms of the generally binding collective agreement. 

Also Ammattiliitto Pro has announced some additional industrial actions in some companies.


As a union member you are entitled to strike pay

TEK stands by its members. Those members who are left without earnings because of the strike are to receive strike pay. This strike pay amounts to 70 euros per day. This sum is subject to tax, which means that in practice people are left with 51.10 euros per day. Strike pay is paid in accordance with the employee's work shift schedule.

All persons who have signed TEK's membership form before the strike begins and have payed at least the first instalment of the membership payment are eligible for strike pay. For those members, who have joined in December the membership invoices will be sent in January. The strike pay payments are to be made in January 2020, and the first instalments need to be payed before that. 

Also TEK's student members are eligible to strike pay. 

The strike pay is applied for with an electronic form. Apply for strike pay here (form only in Finnish). Note! You need to register with a Finnish online bank ID or a mobile ID. 


What are the negotiations about? 

The basis for a fair working life is negotiated in the collective agreement negotiations. For example, salary increases and the continuation of the additional work hours policy introduced in the Competitiveness Pact (kiky) are on the agenda.

The negotiating parties consist of the professional organisations and the employers' organisations. The goal of both parties is to ensure that there are enough job opportunities in Finland and that the well-being of employees enables them to do their best. 

How to keep up with the negotiations?

Best way to stay updated on the negotiations is to follow your email. Field specific emails are sent to all union members working in the field. If you have not received any emails, check your email settings at oma.tek.fi membership portal (check the box next to "Labour market news and lobbying") or contact TEK's member register, member@tek.fi

Contacts and questions concerning these matters are dealt with centralized by YTN. When necessary, please contact YTN hotline 040-352 36 71 (08-18) or lakko@ytn.fi

The employee representative at your workplace is also an important link during the negotiations. The representative will inform about the advances in negotiations and provides assistance in questions related to the negotiations.