Securing human resources for the sector

The task of Finnish Energy’s advocacy in matters of labour market policy is to ensure that the member companies have adequate labour resources available in terms of quantity and quality - now and in the future. In addition, the human resources must also support the profitability and competitiveness of businesses in terms of their costs and availability. 

Finnish Energy aims to promote productivity. For example, with flexible and appropriate working time arrangements and to ensure the competitiveness of unit labour costs. It also aims to increase locality in wage bargaining agreements, support access to manpower, influences training in the sector and promotes health and safety at work and longer working lives.  

Finnish Energy’s collective agreements are applied in the following sectors:

  • Production of electricity, district heat and district cooling
  • Transmission, distribution and sale of electricity, district heat and district cooling
  • Construction and maintenance of power and telecommunications networks; some network construction companies are members of the Service Sector Employers PALTA.

The member companies of Finnish Energy have approximately 16,000 employees, about 14,000 of whom participate in Finnish Energy's labour market activities. 

Wage settlements to support competitiveness in the sector

It is important for Finnish Energy that the collective agreements and wage settlements support the operating conditions of member companies. Application of the current collective agreement requires bargaining expertise at the local level and initiative to develop new operating models. 

We aim to negotiate new, flexible procedures within TES, which would be a win-win situation for both the employers and employees. Companies should also be able to decide on their wage growth at the local level based on productivity development.

Collective bargaining needs new and open-minded solutions to ensure that the labour market can adapt to rapid changes in operating methods in a flexible and efficient way. Wage settlement should support the competitiveness of energy companies as the pressure from foreign competition increases.

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