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13.01.2022 klo 17.31

Collective agreement negotiations get going in the commerce sector

Service Union United PAM and the Finnish Commerce Federation began collective agreement negotiations for the commerce sector on Wednesday 12 January. The current agreement period in PAM’s largest agreement sector expires at the end of January. You can follow the negotiations in the collective agreement section that has been opened up on PAM’s website.

Service Union United PAM and the Finnish Commerce Federation had their first meeting on Wednesday to negotiate a commerce sector collective agreement for the next agreement period. The collective agreement for employees in the commerce sector sets out minimum terms for work in the sector. The current collective agreement period ends on 31 January.

“The commerce sector is the largest single agreement sector for which PAM negotiates a collective agreement. Many companies in the sector have made record profits during Covid. It is right that these excellent results should also be reflected in employees’ pay packets. Income problems caused by involuntary part-time working, time pressures and a lack of recuperation periods are also concerns for employees in the commerce sector. Solutions to these issues need to be sought through the collective agreement negotiations”, says PAM President Annika Rönni-Sällinen.

Around 200,000 employees are covered by the commerce sector collective agreement. According to a survey of members conducted by PAM in October 2021, average pay in the sector was 1834 euros for part-time workers and 2424 euros for full-time workers. Especially during Covid, many commerce sector workers have had to work in the front line of pandemic.

“Providing fair employment terms and proper incomes is also in employers’ interests. Nobody wants to see large-scale labour shortages in the commerce sector, and the collective agreement can play an important role in ensuring that the sector is competitive and attractive to employees too”, Rönni-Sällinen continues.

The first negotiating round was about perspectives in the commerce sector and what changes the parties want made to the current collective agreement provisions. Collective agreement negotiations i the commerce sector will continue on Friday 14 January.

PAM will provide updates on the progress of the collective agreement negotiations in the collective agreement section that has been opened on the union’s website. The parties’ negotiating objectives and the conduct of the negotiations are confidential, and are not communicated directly beyond the negotiating table. You can go to the collective agreement section on PAM’s website here.