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UJF Council approves collective agreement for publishing editors

The UJF Council has endorsed the collective agreement covering publishing editors. The Council decision was made in tandem with its approval of the agreement for the press, 19 February.

The two collective agreements cover much of the same ground. The collective agreement negotiations involved the UJF and Finnmedia.

Employees who come under the agreement will have their pay increased and this will especially benefit those on low pay. The extra hours entailed by the controversial Competitiveness Pact will be done away with, and the winter holiday retained.

UJF president Hanne Aho said: “For publishing editors, the most important things were to raise low level wages and keep the winter holidays.”

In the first year of the agreement, which runs for 31 months until the end of August 2022, all salaries will be increased by EUR 53. This means that the lowest earners will receive a proportionately higher increase than most Finns. Holiday entitlement will remain untouched.

All pay scale salaries will increase by EUR 100 during the period of the agreement. The Competitiveness Pact extra hours will be compensated by 15 hours of training at full pay, which employers can arrange on top of current working hours.

Collective agreement for publishing editors basics:

  • Valid for 31 months, until 31 August 2022.
  • Holiday rights remain unchanged.
  • The additional hours entailed by the Competitiveness Pact will be eliminated.
  • From 1 June 2020 individual and pay scale salaries increase by EUR 53.
  • From 1 May 2021 individual salaries increase by 4%. The local instalment is 0,6%. If there is disagreement over the distribution of the local instalment, 0.3% shall be disbursed in the form of a general increase and the employer shall decide on the allocation of 0.3%. Pay scale salaries and shift allowances will increase by 2%.
  • The employer has the right to organise 15 hours of paid training a year on top of current working time.