Collective bargaining and agreements

In Finland, as in other Nordic countries, the municipal bargaining system is similar to that used in the private sector. The local authorities are important employers.

Local authority employers have the same rights as private-sector employers to lead and to delegate the work, and to decide what work the employees shall carry out.

Their responsibilities as employers are ultimately borne by politically elected councils. In practice, decision-making authority is also delegated to executive authority officials.

 Municipal collective bargaining and agreements

The labour market affairs of the municipal sector are handled within the framework of a national collective agreement system, and all municipalities, municipal associations and local authority employees fall within its scope.

National collective agreements governing the conditions of municipal service and employment cover such issues as pay, working time and annual leave.

The municipal collective agreement system plays a major role in promoting good labour market relations and avoiding industrial disputes.

Negotiating parties

The negotiating parties are the Local Government and County Employers KT and the principal negotiating organisations for the employees.

The parties have agreed the negotiating procedure in the Main Municipal Agreement. The aim is to resolve conflicts of interest through negotiation.

Local Authority Employers

Principal Negotiating Organizations

Local Government and County Employers KT

Public Sector Union (JAU)

Negotiation Organisation for Public Sector Professionals (JUKO)

Association of Educated Municipal Care Personnel (KoHo)