The main contracting organisations of the university sector have issued an industrial action notice
The main contracting organisations of the university sector, the Negotiation Organisation for Public Sector Professionals JUKO, the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL and the Federation of Salaried Employees Pardia have today, 13 February, issued an industrial action notice to the National Conciliator’s Office and to the employer in question.
The agreement negotiations continue in spite of this notice. The targeted industrial action is conducted as a strike at the University of Helsinki on 28 February 2018 from 0:00 to 24:00, unless a conclusion is reached in the negotiations by 27 February. Other universities are arranging demonstrations to support the University of Helsinki employees.
All members of
the unions included in the collective labour agreement for universities, JUKO,
JHL and Pardia, will participate in the strike. JUKO represents the members of
over 20 member associations of Akava in the collective labour agreement
negotiations. If there is no progress in the negotiations, the organisations
are prepared to expand the action to other universities as well.
The employer wants to decide upon salaries instead of negotiating
The university sector has been without a collective agreement since the beginning of February. New collective labour agreement negotiations are not progressing because the employer has indicated a contempt for its staff throughout the negotiations.
- The employer wants to decide upon
salaries. The employer is unilaterally advocating the renewal of the salary
system that would increase the proportion of local regulation regarding
remuneration. In this model, the employer would have more autonomy in deciding
who is eligible for a salary increase.
- The suggested modest salary increases do
not indicate that the valuable work performed by the staff is actually
respected. Universities can afford to increase salaries whilst maintaining the
current operational level as there was no deficit in the financial statement of
any university in 2016. In addition, the cuts in government funding have
already been compensated for by massive staff reductions and years of minimal
annual salary increases.
- However, the employer is reluctant to
discuss the objectives important to employees, such as improving the status of
temporary employees, rationalising the use of working hours and reasonable
Show your support in social media and at your own university
action is a joint effort of the employee organisations: we stand together and
support the members who participate in the action.
- Other universities and normal schools are arranging demonstrations to demand
fair terms of employment on 28 February outside working hours. Participate in
the demonstration on your own campus and wear the “We are the university” badge!
The badges and additional material are delivered to university-specific
industrial action committees well before the end of February. For further
information, please contact your local union representative or your own
- The “We are the university” spirit is
required once again! Take a stand in social media with the hashtag #meolemmeyliopisto (#wearetheuniversity).
Follow the communication from JUKO and your own union
Members are informed of the progress of the negotiations and industrial action measures via JUKO’s and unions’ communication channels.
Executive director Johanna Moisio, +358 (0)40 874 135
Manager of international affairs Riku Matilainen, +358 (0)207 589 614