Incomes policy agreement applied in metalworking
In November 2002, a collective agreement applying the new national incomes policy agreement for 2003-4 was concluded in the Finnish metalworking sector. The agreement sets the minimum wage increase at 2.6% in 2003 and at 1.8% in 2004. The deal is likely to be followed by agreements in other sectors .
In November 2002, the Metalworkers' Union (Metallityöväen Liitto, Metalli), affiliated to the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (Suomen Ammattiliittojen Keskusjärjestö, SAK), reached an agreement with the sectoral employers to apply the national central incomes policy agreement for 2003-4 concluded two weeks earlier (FI0211102F). Under the metalworking deal - see the table below - wages will increase generally by EUR 0.25 per hour or EUR 43.65 per month in 2003, and by EUR 0.17 per hour or EUR 29.68 per month. The pay increase must be at least 2.6% (plus a special gender wage equality increment of 0.1%) for 2003 and 1.8% for 2004. In addition, a sum for company-specific pay increases of EUR 0.04 per hour was agreed for 2004.
|.||1 March 2003||1 March 2004|
|- hourly (EUR)||0.25||0.17|
|- monthly (EUR)||43.65||29.68|
|Equality increment (%)||0.1||-|
|Company-specific increase (EUR)||-||0.4|
In addition, it was agreed that the existing care leave scheme to look after young children will be extended to cover unmarried couples. Further, the rules on the wages of trainees have been changed so that foreign workers cannot be paid a traineeship wage.
The metalworking agreement covers some 120,000 employees (out of a total of 2.34 million employees in Finland). Through the use of extension procedures, it will also affect unorganised parts of the sector, so that the total coverage will be around 170,000 employees. The deal was a significant opening to the talks over sectoral agreements to implement the new central incomes policy accord, and it is likely to hasten the negotiations in other sectors.