In response to a new government development strategy, the OPZZ trade union confederation has emphasised the need to ensure decent pay in the public services and has expressed concern about government proposals to freeze public sector pay in 2021. OPZZ argues that current levels of pay fail to make the public sector attractive to new recruits and there are problems with fluctuating employment levels while workers face increasing responsibilities and workloads. The confederation underlines the link between quality services and quality employment and the important of effective tax, legal, health and other services as a basis for an innovative and competitive economy. It is calling for a new approach to determining public sector pay with a possible link to economic growth.
Confederation calls for new approach to public sector pay
More like this
The SAK blue-collar trade union confederation is aiming to secure a minimum wage of €1,500 for all full-time workers covered by the agreements negotiated by its affiliates. There is no statutory minimum wage in Finland with minimum wages set in different sectoral collective agreements. A €1,500 minimum wage would mean some substantial increases for some groups of workers. Read more at > Trade union news (EN)
Municipal services union, Kommunal, has published a new report that calls for a shift in the way care is provided from one based on an economic rationale to one more focused on care itself. A survey of union members found 61% saying that detailed planning had increased with just under half saying that their influence on planning care had decreased. Kommunal's report argues that a new model is possible that would have a holistic approach to the needs of the elderly and allow staff to make full use of their skills. The elderly should have greater influence over what help is given and how