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Business lobby-backed poll: Majority willing to negotiate Sunday pay

Finland currently requires firms to pay employees double pay for Sunday work. A business lobby say this discourages Sunday business hours in small companies.

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Some 58 percent of respondents in a recent survey would be willing to allow sectoral employer-employee negotiations about Sunday pay levels, according to the Federation of Finnish Entrepreneurs.

The poll asked 1,078 random respondents whether employers and employees should be free to settle Sunday pay levels on their own, if both parties are willing.

Finnish law currently requires people who work on Sundays to receive double the daily pay rate.

Some 28 percent of respondents did not warm to the idea of sectoral negotiations, while 14 percent did not take a stand one way or the other.

The business group maintains that current laws prevent many small firms in particular from keeping their doors open on Sundays.

"It is stated in our Growth Finland target programme that this is something we'd like to see the next elected parliament and government tackle. It would be one way to improve employment because then entrepreneurs would be able to offer workers hours on Sundays as well," says the organisation's labour market director Janne Makkula.

The survey was carried out by the pollster Kantar TNS in late January 2019. Results contain a three percentage-point margin of error.

Edit: Updated on 21 March at 4.25pm to correct a reference to the Confederation of Finnish Industries, EK.

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