Finnish nursing union rejects proposal to resolve labor dispute

Union The Finnish Health and Social Welfare Expert (Tehy) and the Finnish Practical Nurses Union (Super) have rejected proposals to resolve labor disputes with local and county government employers (KT).

Millariikka Rytkönen With Tehy Shiruya Pervola The supermarket said the settlement was horrifying because it didn’t provide the tools to deal with the shortage of nurses after noon.

“It was absolutely scary. We will never improve or deal with the shortage of nurses. Unfortunately, the mediation committee is dealing with how serious the shortage of nurses we are in society. I don’t understand. ” comment Rytkönen.

She decides that both Tehi and Super yesterday will begin preparing for the next move in the conflict, a mass resignation, and prepare to take action at the latest after the end of other collective bargaining negotiations in the local government sector. It was clarified that it was made. Social welfare professionals have been transferred to the Welfare Services County at the turn of the year.

“We nurses aren’t in a hurry in this situation. We bid for time. We don’t make bad deals,” she said. “You know when your employer wants to buy industrial peace from us.”

Elina PilkanenThe chairman of the board, appointed by the Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen (SDP), admitted that he was disappointed that only two trade unions, in addition to KT, approved the proposal.

“We are not the ones who decide how to move forward, but we will explain the situation to the ministers who approve and reject. [the proposal]And the minister will decide how to move forward, “she said when asked about the next steps in the arbitration process.

“The issue is entirely between the parties and the mediation committee will not comment on this.”

The proposal defines employment conditions for local governments and welfare service counties over the next three years and will raise average wages by a total of 5.1% in addition to the general wage increase over the next five years.

The proposal would have allowed local allocations for “labor shortage regulation” and “wage system reform”, so the increase would not necessarily have been evenly distributed among employees.

The program included a five-year plan on wages as requested by the union, but the proposed increase was significantly smaller than that requested by the nursing union.

Tehy and Super are looking for a five-year program that guarantees an annual salary that is 3.6 percentage points higher than a typical salary increase. According to Treasury calculations, such an increase will cost € 3.7 billion annually towards the end of the five-year term.

The local government sector provides employment to approximately 425,000 wage workers.

KT explained that this demand was very high and recalled that the wage harmonization implemented in connection with social and medical reforms could already increase labor costs by as much as € 1 billion.

“What does it mean that you can’t afford them,” Rytkönen argued. “Can you afford not to pay in the midst of such a shortage of nurses? We are solving a big social problem, so the question is whether we can afford not to pay.”

Paavola has transferred responsibility to the government.

“Only the Finnish government can provide funding,” she said. CBA can be used in certain areas to improve working conditions and establish rational working styles, but the question here is when the Finnish government awakens to a complete lack of nursing, or you. If you are sick, do you really think you are sick? Not suitable for society, and if you are old or have a disability, you are not suitable for society. “

Aleksi Teivainen – HT Finnish nursing union rejects proposal to resolve labor dispute

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