Competitiveness pact signed in Finland
On June 14, the competitiveness pact was signed after months of negotiating in Finland. The pact will weaken the rights and benefits of Finnish workers, but if the agreement had not been reached the Finnish government were prepared to push for hard austerity measures.
The agreement will extend the working hours without any pay increase as well as decrease the holiday bonuses with 30 percent. The Government has promised to cut income tax as a compensation. The size of the tax cut will depend on the competitiveness pact’s coverage rate, where 90% coverage will result in 515 million euros in tax cuts and only 415 million euros if the pact only covers is 85-90% of the employees.
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