Developing the negotiation system

In its programme, the Government outlined that the Finnish labour market negotiation system needs to be developed. The Government aims to strengthen the export-driven labour market model in order to boost Finland’s long-term competitiveness.

According to the entry in the Government Programme, provisions would be laid down in the Act on Mediation in Labour Disputes so that the general level of pay adjustments could not be exceeded by a settlement proposal issued by the National Conciliator’s Office or a conciliation board.

In addition, the Government will explore ways to prevent industrial action and promote voluntary mediation.

Nico Steiner, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, [email protected]

The figure presents a timeline for the progress of the preparations according to the current plan. The Minister of Employment organised an event for the social partners on 8 November 2023. After this, a consultation round was organised from 8 November 2023 to 9 January 2024. The next event by the Minister of Employment took place on 16 January 2024. The preparation led by the working group will continue in February–May 2024. The aim is to submit the government proposal in September 2024 so that the legislative amendments could enter into force on 1 December 2024.