The Finnish Commerce Federation and the Transport Workers’ Union AKT have agreed on changes to the Collective Agreement for Commercial Transport Workers 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.
These guidelines cover the critical aspects of co-operation procedures in the event of lay-offs relating to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Act on Co-operation within Undertakings must be followed in companies that have 20 or more regular employees.
The validity of the emergency legislative changes due to the covid-19 will end on 31 December 2020. The emergency legislative provisions in order to help the covid-19 situation came into force 1 April 2020. Originally, the changes were agreed to be valid until 30 June 2020 but their validity was lengthened until 31 December 2020. The legislative changes were applicable to all employees regardless of whether they are covered by the collective agreements for the commercial sector or not.
The scale of the package of supportive measures announced today by the Finnish Government to counter the damage caused by the coronavirus epidemic is good. However, new measures are needed. The time period for the amendments being made to the labour law and unemployment benefits is insufficient. In addition, the supportive measures aimed at businesses need to be complemented.
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.