Promoting local agreements 

Local agreements are becoming more common in the labour market. The labour market organisations in the chemical industry encourage local agreements. Company-specific solutions are the order of the day in a competitive market. 

The shared goal of the labour market parties in the chemical industry is to keep the Finnish chemical industry competitive, promote the growth of the industry and create new jobs. A local agreement gives the workplace the flexibility it needs.

In the chemical industry, the experiences of local agreements are positive. Local agreements are considered to strengthen companies, develop the flexibility of the operations and give employees the opportunity to influence their own work as well as production solutions.

The more matters companies agree on locally, the more naturally the local negotiation culture develops. When the terms and conditions of employment can be agreed on locally, productivity and profitability increase. Moreover, the employees’ ability to influence their work improves, and with it their job satisfaction.