Member of Parliament and former ay boss Antti Rinne (sd) proposed a return to a comprehensive income policy solution in HS. The reactions of labor market bosses are mostly negative.
Antti Rinne (sd) has led several trade unions before his career as a politician. Kaisa [email protected] Today at 10:57
The proposal to restore a comprehensive income policy solution, i.e. a system similar to tupo, gets a warm welcome from trade unions on social media.
Vice Speaker of Parliament and former trade union leader Antti Rinne(sd) proposed on Saturday in Helsingin Sanomat that a joint framework agreement, which agrees on the development of wages, would be introduced to the labor market again. The agreement is reminiscent of the tupo, in which employers, wage earners and the state formed packages that, in addition to wage increases, included tax reductions, for example.
The employer organization Elinkeinoelämän keskusliitto (EK) gave up on central organization agreements in 2017.
In the interview, Rinne also criticizes the municipal sector agreement made in June, which was accepted by others except the unions representing the nurses, Tehy and Super.
Private sector wage negotiations are ahead in the fall.
– The solution in the municipal sector was unfortunate, but there is no going back to the old ways. The employers' export-led salary model, which has already been done three times, would secure competitiveness. I trust the unions that the effects of the bad solution in the municipal sector can be contained, EK's CEO Jiri Häkämies tweets.
On the other hand, the chairman of the Union of Central Employees STTK Antti Palola replies to Häkämähi that in recent years, EK has “in the face of crises been quite eager to make extensive solutions that have affected the competitiveness of companies”.
– We at STTK, on the other hand we believe that EK broke a model that worked quite well for years. The unions are now negotiating by industry and that will hopefully lead to at least higher salary increases than this year's, Palola tweets.
EK's Jyri Häkämies rejects the return of the plug, but agrees with Rinne that the solution in the municipal sector was unfortunate. Karoliina Vuorenmäki
"Hasn't the time for closures already passed?
The reactions of labor market bosses call for a more functional system than the current one, but many see that closures are not the solution.
– Isn't the time for TUPOs already over? Responsibility, competitiveness and employment can be supported even in the federal round. Taxation of work should be lowered anyway, because it is too tight in Finland. The government would take less. We need R&D contributions, Akava's chairman Sture Fjäder tweets.
– Correct analysis of the municipal agreement, but the remedy is not centralized but decentralized agreement. Working conditions must be agreed upon in companies and not in union cabinets, as is the case in a market economy. This must be promoted, especially by employers, CEO of Suomen Yrittäjie Mikael Pentikäinen writes.
– It has not been possible to fix the backlog of wages in the municipal sector with money. Now it's a federal round and there is no common model. The state and direction of the labor market system will certainly need to be discussed later among the labor market organizations, the chairperson of the Teaching Association (OAJ) Katarina Murto tweets.
The business community has also commented on Rinne's proposal.
– Finland's labor market model is totally broken: in the sandbox of jealousy and extortion, nothing but a socialist-minded scumbag works anymore. This is what Antti Rinne, former chief negotiator of the ay movement and prime minister, says. This model needs to be dismantled quickly into atoms, for example the CEO of Lujabetoni Oy Mikko Isotalo tweets.
– Great longing for the old world. Of course, I agree that the unions no longer negotiate anything other than wages, and I think that's too much. Salary increases must be based on the skills of the individual, not on the power of the masses. The individual can be protected with the help of laws, entrepreneur and HS Vision columnist Elina Seppälä writes.
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