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Tripartite working group preparing the labour market model begins its work

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Publication date 8.2.2024 16.44 | Published in English on 12.2.2024 at 16.26
Press release

A tripartite working group, which will prepare amendments to the mediation system of labour disputes, met for the first time on 8 February 2024. The aim is to promote an export-driven labour market model.

In addition to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the working group preparing the legislative amendments includes representatives from the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK, Office for the Government as Employer, Local Government and County Employers KT, Commission for Church Employers, Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK, Finnish Confederation of Professionals STTK, Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland Akava and a joint representative of the employee confederations. The working group will be chaired by Mika Nykänen, State Secretary to the Minister of Employment.

The working group will work until the end of May 2024 and its task is to prepare a report in the form of a government proposal. The aim is to submit the government proposal in September 2024 so that the legislative amendments could enter into force on 1 December 2024.

Project is part of Government’s labour market reforms

The Government has outlined in its Programme that the Finnish labour market negotiation system needs to be improved. The objective is 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.


Jan Hjelt, Director General, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 295 048 940 
Nico Steiner, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 295 049 001

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