The collective bargaining system has a significant impact on the competitiveness of industry. This research project investigates how company-specific bargaining affects the wage levels and their dispersion. The project uses the income register to study how individuals’ wages change as the bargaining system becomes decentralized.
The research project provides important information on the impact of bargaining system on wages and their dispersion. Research data on the topic helps to assess the effects of company-specific bargaining at the company level.
Finland’s bargaining system is more centralized than in key competitor countries. Now, however, Finland is undergoing a significant transformation: the forest industry is moving to a company-specific bargaining and the technology industry will have both company-specific and national bargaining systems in the future. This has sparked a heated debate over what happens to wages when moving to a more decentralized system.
The change happening in forest industry and technology industry requires high-level research for three different reasons: