Threat or opportunity, Teemu Hankamäki?
As the Labour Market Director of Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK and the Chair of the Federation of Professional and Managerial Staff YTN, what do you think about businesses and employees negotiating company-specific collective agreements?
“It’s a good thing that employees and employers can agree on the terms and conditions of employment together, and it’s important that the workplace complies with either a national or a company-specific collective agreement.”
What do you think about Gofore’s collective agreement?
“Gofore's collective agreement sets a good example for others as well, because the level of the terms of employment exceeds the level imposed by the national collective agreement. It’s an interesting detail that salary increases are closely tied to the company’s result and decided four times a year. Time will show if it will become a problem that the salaries don’t increase at all if the company ends up making no profit for a long time.”
Are company-specific collective agreements a threat or an opportunity for TEK and YTN?
“Company-specific collective agreements are certainly an opportunity, because it’s important to be able to agree on the terms and conditions of employment locally and in mutual understanding even in cases where there is no national collective agreement or it is not binding.”