Increases of at least 3.5 per cent in the hotel, restaurant and leisure sector
The Executive Committee of Service Union United PAM unanimously approved the new collective agreement for employees and supervisors in the hotel, restaurant and leisure sector. Sunday supplements remain. A part from that, support for employees’ coping and increases of maximum 120 euros or at least 3.5 per cent in pay scales were achieved over the agreement period.
“Under the circumstances, the settlement on the new collective agreement is an acceptable package. We managed to reject the cuts proposed by the employers, and in particular the proposals on cutting Sunday supplements”, PAM President Ann Selin says.
The new collective agreement is valid from 1 February 2018 to 31 March 2020, during which period personal remuneration will increase first by 1.8 per cent at the start of May and by 1.7 per cent at the start of May 2019. Working time supplements will increase by 3.5 per cent from 1 May 2018. The collective agreements in the hotel, restaurant and leisure sector cover around 85,000 employees and supervisors.
”The negotiated settlement takes into account the impacts of the changes in alcohol legislation and allocation of pay scale increases in particular to the pay groups of more experienced, permanent employees. And the pay scales will increase by a maximum of 120 euros over the agreement period,” Selin says.
According to Selin, the collective agreement includes improvements to promoting employees’ wellbeing in line with PAM’s objectives.
“A lot of work is performed in the sector at irregular times of day. Therefore it is important to have sufficient rest between shifts. In future the resting period between shifts will as a rule be 2 hours longer, which will help employees to cope.”
PAM’s objective of an earnings development programme has not been buried. A working group will assess this during the agreement period and will be under pressure to implement it.
“The fact is that the settlement only takes basic pay in the sector to just over 2000 euros. For me it’s important that the working groups will continue efforts to increase the sector’s appeal and employee recognition in the form of a living wage,” Selin states.
Key objectives were reached in the text of the collective agreement settlement. The agreement states, among other things, that employment contracts must be in writing and the rules on local agreement were defined more clearly.
Selin emphasize that, although the negotiations have been tough, the atmosphere has remained positive. Tight coordination by employers, especially on money matters, was radically different from previous negotiations between the organisations.
“There were moments in the negotiations when the employers’ united front seemed to be killing off proposals to improve the whole sector and its growth. I hope that in union-specific negotiations in future we will be better able to come up with a package that benefits people’s everyday lives and incomes as well as employment, Selin says.
Details of the agreement settlement are on the PAM website.