The Act on Co-operation within Undertakings obliges employers to negotiate with the employee representatives before operations-related decisions that affect the employees’ position within the undertaking are taken. The employer may take operations-related decisions unilaterally but their effect on personnel shall always be negotiated.

When is the employer obliged to negotiate?

According to the Act on Co-operation within Undertakings the obligation to negotiate arises, for example, when the employer considers extending or reducing operations, or reorganisation of work, and the measures to be taken may have effect on personnel. Cooperation negotiations shall always be conducted when the employer considers reducing the use of personnel by, for example, temporary lay-offs or dismissals.

The Act on Co-operation within Undertakings is applied to undertakings which regularly employ at least 20 employees.

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