Working Group: Employees should have the right to know the salaries of colleagues if they suspect discrimination

A working group to close the gender pay gap in Finland has proposed changes to the law so that employees who suspect discrimination can find out how much their colleagues receive.

They should keep the information confidential upon receipt.

Employee representatives would also have access to pay data as proposed, which would require employers to clarify their pay structure to employees once a year.

The proposal is the result of the government’s goal to improve gender equality written in the government program and was presented to the Nordic Minister for Co-operation and Equality. Thomas Blomqvist (SPP) on Monday.

The Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) criticized the proposal as “neither one nor the other”, and representatives of the labor movement did not go far enough to promote wage transparency.

Trade unions were dissatisfied that the proposals did not apply to employers with less than 30 employees. The business lobbying group, for its part, expressed concern about employee privacy.

Source: The Nordic Page


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