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Strike Averted in Construction Sector

Strike action scheduled to start in the construction sector on Thursday was cancelled after parties to the dispute approved a compromise proposal tabled by the National Conciliator Essa Lonka. Part of the deal is aimed at battling the grey economy in the building trade.

Kaksi rakennusmiestä nojaa kaiteeseen rakennuksen yläkerroksessa ja katsoo alas.
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The deal will now go for final approval by the boards of the Finnish Construction Trade Union and the Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT. The agreement put forward by the National Conciliator calls for an immediate 2.55% wage rise. An overtime ban in the sector has also been called off.

The Finnish Construction Trade Union had initially demanded a 3.5% wage rise. The employers' first offer was 1.6%

Union leader Matti Harjuniemi told YLE that he believes the new contract will be approved.

"This is giving everyone an equal pay rise, and we also came to an understanding with employers on fighting the grey economy," said Harjuniemi.

Among measures aimed at more transparency in the sector is the introduction of a tax code number that will be appended to the social security number of each employee.

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