The negotiations for the pay rises of university employees this year began on Tuesday 17 January. The negotiations affect 34,000 employees in total.
Tarja Niemelä (Finnish Union of University Professors), chair of the JUKO university advisory board, and Head of Collective Bargaining Katja Aho point out that Finnish universities must be able to compete for talent as well-paying, high-quality workplaces that are pioneers of professional development.
If negotiations do not achieve a result regarding salaries in January or February, the two-year collective agreement reached in spring 2022 may be terminated to expire at the end of March. In that case, all the universities’ staff would be without a collective agreement as of 1 April. Without a valid collective agreement, the provisions of the old collective agreement are observed, but industrial action is also possible.
The organizations negotiating the universities’ and teacher training schools’ general collective agreement are: JUKO, the Negotiation Organization for Public Sector Professionals; the Pro Trade Union; JHL, the Trade Union for Public and Welfare Sectors; and Finnish Education Employers.
The members of Akava unions represented by JUKO work at universities in such areas as research, teaching, administration and management.
The parties will next meet on Friday 20 January.
Main contractual parties | JUKO; Pro Trade Union; JHL, the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors; and Finnish Education Employers
Collective agreements | Universities’ general collective agreement and the teacher training school collective agreement
Negotiators | Head of Collective Bargaining Katja Aho (JUKO), University Advisory Board Chair and Executive Director Tarja Niemelä (Finnish Union of University Professors), Special Adviser Hanna Tanskanen (Trade Union of Education in Finland, OAJ), Negotiations Manager Petri Toiviainen (Social Science Professionals)
The universities’ general collective agreement covers an approximate 34,000 employees. The members of Akava unions represented by JUKO work at universities in such areas as research, teaching, administration and management.
We will provide weekly information about the negotiations in our Negotiations News email and on our website at www.juko.fi. Follow us and the conversation on Facebook and Twitter: @JUKOry. Our hashtags are #MeOlemmeYliopisto and #neuvotellen2023.
It’s also worth visiting the Yliopistotes.fi website regularly. This online information bank from JUKO and its member unions has all the essential information about the universities’ collective agreement also in English.
Katja Aho | head of collective bargaining | university sector | +358 50 592 1646 |firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter @aho_katja @JUKOry