Iltalehti: The union demands wage transparency to close the gender pay gap in Finland

The public union in the public and welfare sector, JHL, has called for the introduction of wage transparency in the Finnish labor market as a means of reducing the gender pay gap. report (in Finnish) afternoon newspaper Iltalehti.

The union recently published a study showing that the pay gap between men and women could be reduced if employees knew what their colleagues deserved.

According to IL, women in Finland earned on average 16 per cent less than men. According to Statistics Finland’s report, full-time male employees in Finland earn on average EUR 3,759 per month and women EUR 3,154.

This 16% difference was also mentioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health a opinion “Towards equal pay,” while the OECD investment raised the margin even higher to 17.2 percent.

The government is preparing a bill

Reuters reported On Thursday, the Finnish government is preparing a law that will allow employees to find out the income of colleagues if they suspect discrimination.

"Central to the government’s program is the elimination of unjustified pay gaps. They are now being dealt with more rigorously," Minister for Gender Equality Thomas Blomqvist told Reuters, adding that the government expects to have the law in place during this current term.

However, according to Reuters, the bill has been criticized both by trade unions – which say the bill does not go far enough – and by Finland’s largest employers’ organization, which says the law increases conflicts in the workplace.

Source: The Nordic Page


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