News / 07.12.2015

UJF president Hanne Aho disappointed at collapse of social contract

The collapse of talks on a social contract is bad news for the UJF.  “It’s galling”, said the union president Hanne Aho.

The social contract was posited as a negotiated alternative to government austerity measures to change the terms and conditions of work. If the package of laws comes into force at the end of 2016, as planned, it will see cuts to annual leave and sick pay.

“The package of laws will treat journalists particularly badly. A social contract would impact far more fairly,” said UJF head of advocacy Petri Savolainen.

Savolainen said that the union is now urgently pushing ahead with drafting collective bargaining agreements to be negotiated in autumn 2016.

Hanne Aho said, though, that there is still scope for a social contract to be agreed, and that the union will work towards one so that the government’s coercive labour laws do not come into effect.

See also

All news

UJF supports journalists in Gaza with €5 000

The union wants to support journalism in Gaza. It allows the world to know what is happening in the conflict zone.

UJF Council: Union priorities 2024 – negotiations on working conditions for self-employed workers, survey of members’ perceptions of the union

The UJF’s key advocacy issues for the coming year include influencing government decisions, negotiating minimum working conditions for the self-employed and preparing for the 2025 collective bargaining round. The priorities for the union’s activities in the coming year were discussed at the autumn meeting of the UJF Council.

UJF Council: Preparation of membership fees for employed freelancers begins – 2024 fees largely unchanged

Following discussion by the UJF Council, the union Board will begin preparatory work on a reform of the freelance membership fee for employed freelancers, with a view to bringing a proposal to the spring session of the Council in 2024.