Otherwise, sectoral negotiations set tariffs and framework conditions for each sector and set a minimum standard which, in most cases, applies to all employers in that sector, whether or not they are members of the employers` organisation that has or has not agreed on the transaction. (An independent commission formally decides whether an agreement should be generalist, in particular whether it covers more than half of the workers in the sector, calculated on the basis of the number of employees of the members of the signatory employers` organisation, or whether disputes can be brought before the labour court.) As a result, tariff coverage is very high in Finland. A study published in 2007 by the Finnish Ministry of Labour (now the Ministry of Employment and The Economy) showed that in 2004, 87.4 per cent of all employees in the private sector were bound by collective agreements and that the participation of the public sector, which included all employees, had increased to 91.4 per cent. This is slightly higher than in 2008, when tariff coverage was 87.5% for the same basis of calculation. Collective agreements are mainly in Finnish. Click here to see everyone. All collective agreements for 2020-2021 (in Finnish) The general terms and conditions of the collective agreement must apply to all employees in the sector, whether they are unionized. The system works as long as the membership rate is high enough. The general quality of the collective agreement may be lost.
The alternative is a normally binding collective agreement that binds only the contracting parties. Below the sector, there are negotiations of companies that have gained and have gained importance in recent years. Negotiations at company level, usually conducted within the framework of inter-trade agreements and not as comparisons in their own right. They can improve the location of the sector, but they can also bring about other changes. Employers have been pushing for greater flexibility at the company level for some time, which has been accepted in some cases. . . .