Metallityöväen Liitto

Overtime ban and strike warning in the technology industry

Finnish Metalworkers’ Union, salaried workers’ union Pro and the Federation of Professional and Managerial Staff YTN have declared a ban on overtime in the technology industry. At the same time the Metalworkers’ Union and Pro have issued a strike warning on 44 companies in the technology industry. The purpose of the industrial action is to exert pressure on the collective bargaining negotiations interrupted last Thursday.

The overtime ban started immediately on Tuesday. The ban on overtime and work related travelling issued by the Metalworkers’ Union apply to the entire technology industry, to mines and the precious metals industry.

The overtime ban affects in total about 200 000 employees.

The initial phase of the industrial action would start in all units of the 44 member companies of the Technology Industries 21.10.2011 at 6:00 am. The action is planned to end 7.11.2011 at 6:00 am if no satisfactory solution for the employees is reached in the negotiations before that.

The industrial action would cover in total about 32 000 Metalworkers’ and Pro members.

Although the announcements on the industrial action were made at this point, the unions emphasize that industrial action can still be reconsidered if an acceptable solution can be reached at the negotiation table on the central organisation level.

The Board of the Finnish Trade Union Congress, SAK, stated earlier on Tuesday that the offer on the centralized labour market settlement cannot be accepted in its present form.

The Electrical Workers’ Union will for its part also issue a ban on overtime and a strike warning in the technology industry.

All negotiations in the technology industry were interrupted last week when the pay rise offer of the employers did not find acceptance with the employees. The offer was less than a third of the demand presented by the unions. The halt was also affected by the attitude of the employer at the occasion the offer was made.

In the other bargaining sectors the negotiations of the Metalworkers’ Union are continuing including the car and machine sector, sheet metal and insulation and the Service Sector Employers’ service and maintenance sectors.

What is an overtime ban?

The overtime ban issued today means that the employee works according to regular working hours only and does not work overtime or accepts additional work. According to § 18 in the Working Hours Act the employee always has to agree on doing overtime. Refusal to work overtime is thus acceptable and the employer cannot force the employee to work extra hours. During the overtime ban work is performed maximally according to the normal regular working hours. The same applies to the use of working time banks.

Travel ban implies that no work related travelling is allowed outside regular working hours.

Companies affected by the industrial action

The initial phase of the industrial action starts 21.10.2011 in the following member companies of the Technology Industries:

Boliden Harjavalta Oy
Boliden Kokkola Oy
Kone Oyj
Kone Hissit Oy
Kone Industrial Oy
Konecranes Oyj
Konecranes Finland Oy
Konecranes Service Oy
Metso Oyj
Metso Automation Oy
Metso Endress + Hauser Oy
Metso Foundries Jyväskylä Oy
Metso Minerals Oy
Metso Paper Oy
Metso Power Oy
Metso Shared Services Oy
Oras Oy
Outotec Oyj
Outotec (Filters) Oy
Outotec (Finland) Oy
Outotec Turula Oy
Patria Finance Oyj
Patria Aerostructures Oy
Patria Aviation Oy
Patria Land Services Oy
Patria Land Systems Oy
Rautaruukki Oyj
Ruukki Construction Oy
Ruukki Engineering Oy
Ruukki Metals Oy
Ruukki Stainless Steel & Aluminium Oy
Sako Oy
Sandvik Mining and Construction Oy
Valmet Automotive Oy
Wärtsilä Oyj Abp
Wärtsilä Finland Oy