According to this news from the Finnish Yle-broadcasting service, a couple of employers’ federations have alreadysignalled that because of the weakened economic outlook the framework agreement concluded last Fall could be changed. The minister of Labour, former president of the Confederation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK, Lauri Ihalainen states that he wishes that no ‘hard positions’ are taken before the official start of new negotiations. The current framework agreement expires in the latter half of 2013.
In this post I already suggested that negotiations over a new agreement would be more difficult thanks to a changed outlook especially from the employers’ point of view. I can’t foresee how strong the willingness on their side is to open the current agreement against the wishes of the minister of Labour, but the resistance against this agreement in reaction to changed economic circumstances comes quicker than I expected.