Year: 2020

Pro began a one-month strike at Kotidata – what is going on?

Despite the firm and concrete development measures adopted at Kotidata, Trade Union Pro will today launch a strike that may last for up to one month, with disastrous consequences to the company. Blind to this, Trade Union Pro is determined to force the company to comply with the collective agreement for the ICT sector, which is not applicable to Kotidata.

The Finnish Commerce Federation and the Federation of Finnish Enterprises: Safe shopping keeps the wheels of the economy turning

Stores are working persistently to ensure a safe environment for working and shopping. Operators in the sector propose that the Government impose risk-based restrictions, targeting places where the risk for contracting the virus can truly be reduced. Communication also needs to be clearer. The corona emergency brake should not be pulled in vain, since its use increases uncertainty, which is ruinous to the economy and employment.

The competitive strength of services is also crucial to the strengthening of employment

The decisions of the government’s budget session are not sufficient for resolving employment problems, and the tax decisions are also still inadequate. The Finnish Commerce Federation calls for the government to take the service sector and competitive strength of commerce into consideration alongside other sectors so that the wheels of the economy can be set in motion.

Pro’s unlawful surprise strikes continue to hammer Suomen Kotidata – the industrial peace system is not working

The strike that began today clearly shows that the Kotidata case concerns Trade Union Pro’s political aim to pressure Kotidata into replacing the Collective Agreement for the Commercial Sector with the Collective Agreement for the ICT Sector, which is not applicable to the company, and not unresolved employment relationship problems. The smear campaign is based on unfounded allegations and has continued for a long time, and it is threatening the company’s operations and jobs. The serial strikes underline that the Finnish industrial peace system is not working.

The commerce sector’s greetings to the government budget session: Supporting the competitive strength and environmental work of the commerce sector through reduced electricity tax

The commerce sector in Finland is struggling with the increasingly tough international competition. In its budget session, the government must consider all means to support companies and work. Gradually reducing the electricity tax rate applied to commerce to the same level applied to industry would significantly improve the international cost-competitiveness of the commerce sector. The electrification of commercial processes is one of the key actions as the sector strives to achieve carbon neutrality, so the reduction of electricity tax is also a key factor in the environmental work in the sector.