Incomes talks: Blue collar workers' SAK wants 3.1% pay hikes
Finland’s largest trade union confederation, the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), wants slightly higher pay increases than those called for by the Confederation for Unions of Academic Professionals (AKAVA) or the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK).
In the ongoing centralised incomes talks, the mainly blue collar SAK is seeking a pay increase increase with a cost impact of 3.1% next year. Both AKAVA and STTK called for an even three percent hike in 2005. All three organisations want pay rises of 2.7% for 2006.
In the SAK model, the actual pay increases would be determined in euros and cents, and not as percentages. The SAK demands amount to increases of at least 28 cents in the hourly wage, or EUR 47 a month.
The proposal calls for separate supplements for sectors where pay is low, and in which the workforce is predominantly female. The exact distribution of these extra payments would be determined in separate talks to be held for each sector.
As for the possible income tax cut that has been offered by the government as an incentive for a moderate incomes agreement, SAK wants it to favour those with low and middle incomes.