In January 2014 Pekka Ristelä will become the new director of the FinUnions office in Brussels. FinUnions is the EU office of the Finnish trade union confederations Akava, SAK and STTK. It looks after the interests of Finnish employees and represents more than two million members who belong to the three confederations.
Members of the trade union confederation Akava are prepared to remain longer in working life than before. This is revealed in the latest survey commissioned by Akava and conducted by TNS Gallup. Akava has been examining attitudes towards retirement among its members for some time now. Surveys aimed at sounding out members as to where they stand on this issue have been carried out in 2007, 2010 and 2013.
A German catering company came close to bringing Finland to a standstill in the middle of November due to so called contract shopping. A dispute over the Finnair catering service personnel collective agreement led to threats of solidarity strikes by transport staff unions. This would have had the effect of halting Finnish exports and disrupted a major part of goods transport.
Finnish companies operating in Mexico are beginning to accept free trade union activities in their factories, reports the Finnish watchdog Finnwatch. Metso has already removed the exclusion clause restricting the freedom to associate from their collective agreement.
All three trade union confederations Akava, SAK and STTK look on the new national agreement for wages and salaries positively given the present severe economic situation. The confederations signed the pact for employment and growth - as it is officially called - on Friday evening 25 October.
Most of the multinational companies active in Finland prefer to keep silent about their tax footprint. The German pharmaceutical giant Bayer is not one of them, and for a good reason: they pay full corporate tax for their companies in Finland.
Main stream politicians and economists have, in the past few years, called for reforms that would seek to increase the labour supply. Jaakko Kiander does not buy the idea.