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Pace picking up in university collective agreement negotiations

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– The negotiations are now proceeding to an intense phase in which we begin to thrash out an overall solution, says Katja Aho, JUKO’s head of collective bargaining for the university sector.

The negotiations on the collective agreement continued on 25 March. This week, the parties are meeting for the negotiations on every day from Monday to Thursday.

Main contractual parties are JUKO, Pro Trade Union, the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL, and Finnish Education Employers.

Notice has been served to terminate the universities’ current collective agreement, effective 31 March. If a negotiation result is not reached before that date, university employees will be without a valid collective agreement as of 1 April.

In such circumstances, the universities will continue to apply the terms of the old collective agreement until a new one enters into force. This is known as the after-effect.

During a state of no valid collective agreement, there is no obligation to maintain industrial peace, meaning industrial action is possible if the employees and employer do not reach agreement on terms of employment.

The university sector collective agreement negotiations began on 11 February.

Follow the discussion with #neuvotellen2022

JUKO will publish updates about the collective agreement negotiations on their website, Follow them and the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, @JUKOry, using the hashtags #neuvotellen2022 #yliopisto #meolemmeyliopisto. They also have content about the negotiations aimed at young adults on their Instagram account, @juko_ry.

The Collective Agreement Campaign website, from JUKO and the relevant unions representing university staff, explains the significance and content of the collective agreement to university staff: