The Finnish Commerce Federation and the Union of Private Sector Professionals ERTO have agreed on changes to the Collective Agreement for Opticians in accordance with the recommendations of the central labour market organisations in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. The changes apply to the notice period for lay-offs, the negotiating period for co-operation negotiations and the re-employment of dismissed employees.
The changes to the collective agreement negotiated by the Finnish Commerce Federation and PAM took effect on 19 March 2020. The changes are available for use immediately during ongoing and future co-operation negotiations, as well as for future lay-off notices and lay-off notices that have already been issued.
The Finnish Commerce Federation has reached an agreement with Service Union United PAM on emergency provisions for the collective agreement in order to safeguard the future of businesses in the sector and save jobs. The new provisions take effect on 19 March, and they will remain in force throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
New Collective Agreement for the Commercial Sector is agreed, and it is valid from 1 February 2020 until 31 January 2022.
The Finnish Commerce Federation finds it very lamentable that the Service Union United PAM has broken off the negotiations over the Collective Agreement for the Commercial Sector, and announced an overtime prohibition and work stoppage. Commerce is tied with the export-focused labour market model that is important for Finland and for the sector’s capability to employ.
The Finnish Commerce Federation and the Service Union United PAM will initiate negotiations on the Collective Agreement for the Commercial Sector on Thursday, 9 January. The Finnish Commerce Federation will inform about the progress and results of the negotiations at the recently opened section Neuvottelumaailma of its website Kauppa.fi.