Autumn wage increases agreed for the hotel, restaurant and leisure industry
Service Union United PAM and the Finnish Hospitality Association MaRa have reached an agreement on the final wage increase instalment in the current agreement period. Wages will increase by 1.9 per cent from the start of October and the evening supplement will increase by 20 cents. The agreement period ends on 31 March 2022.
The final wage increase instalment for the current collective agreements for employees and supervisors in the hotel, restaurant and leisure industry will be made to both wage scales and personal wages from 1 October 2021.
Wages will be increased by 1.9 per cent from the start of October. Additionally, the evening supplement will be increased by 20 cents, taking it to 1.30 euros from the start of October. The night work supplement will also be increased from 2.17 euros to 2.21 euros.
As part of the pay settlement, the payments for workplace staff representatives were also increased in line with the wage increases for the agreement period.
PAM President Annika Rönni-Sällinen considers the pay settlement reasonable given the situation in the sector.
“The Covid restrictions have had an extremely negative impact on activity in the industry. This final wage increase instalment in the current agreement period had to be agreed at a time when the restrictions on restaurants are only just being eased and operators are still in financial difficulties. Given the situation the increases are reasonable,” says Rönni-Sällinen.
The collective agreements for employees and supervisors in the hotel, restaurant and leisure industry are in force until 31 March 2022. The easing of Covid restrictions is a good step for the negotiations for a new agreement in the spring.
“It’s good that the Covid restrictions have eased, but now they must be removed altogether so that the industry can recover quickly”.
Rönni-Sällinen considers the upcoming agreement negotiations very significant for the future direction of the sector. Professionals in the industry will assess the agreement to see if the sector can offer them work that is meaningful and provides a decent income.
“Covid has permanently altered the hospitality sector. For employees in the sector it has meant lay-offs, fewer working hours and a big drop in income. Now there is a huge shortage of skilled labour in the industry. In the upcoming collective agreement negotiations we have to find solutions to make the sector attractive again so that it can retain a committed and skilled workforce.”