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Public Sector Pay Talks to Resume on Wednesday

Unions and employers' representatives met for an hour on Monday for talks on a deal on pay and conditions for over 400,000 public sector employees.

Talks will continue on Wednesday when employers are to present a new proposal on pay and conditions.

The chair of the Trade Union of Education, Erkki Kangasniemi, said on Sunday public sector unions were ready to discuss a deal based on the offer put forward by the Commission for Local Authority Employers just over a week ago. Kangasniemi said the time was ripe for a deal based on the employers' offer.

The proposed deal would also have increased health sector pay but was rejected by the Finnish Union of Practical Nurses (SuPer) and the Union of Health and Social Care Professionals (Tehy). SuPer chair Juhani Palomäki reiterated to YLE on Monday that a substantially improved offer was needed from employers before a deal on pay could be concluded.


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