Paid midweek holidays in chemical sector

The following holidays at the turn of the year 2019–2020 are midweek holidays, in other words holidays for which hourly paid employees receive pay in all industries of the chemical sector: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Epiphany.

As the collective agreements for the oil, natural gas and petrochemical products and car retail and engineering industries use monthly salaries exclusively, as does the basic chemical industry for the most part, midweek holiday pay does not apply to these industries.

Hourly paid employees receive full wages for midweek holidays. In practice, this is equal to average hourly earnings (average hourly pay + 3% in the precious metals industry).

It is important to note that no wages are paid if the employee is absent from work without authorisation on the workday immediately before or after the midweek holiday. If the preceding or following day is a working time reduction day, the rule applies to the workday immediately before or after such days. Example from the Christmas period: if midweek holidays on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are preceded or followed by working time reduction days, the employee may not be absent from work on the workday that precedes or follows the working time reduction day before or after the midweek holidays. If the employee is absent, the midweek holiday pay is lost unless otherwise agreed.

In certain exceptional cases, midweek holiday pay must be paid even when the day would not have otherwise been counted as a workday.

These days include:

  • annual leave,
  • sick leave,
  • lay-off,
  • training paid by the employer,
  • period of statutory maternity, paternity and parental leave.

Check the detailed requirements from the collective agreement for your industry.

Major holidays

The collective agreements for the plastics and chemical products industry, chemical basic industry and oil, gas and petrochemical products industry made with the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland include provisions on major holidays.

Major holidays for the chemical sector are: New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, May Day, Ascension Day, Midsummer Day, All Saints’ Day, Independence Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

This means that the pay for all persons employed in the above industries is increased by a percentage of 200%, including Sunday pay, for a period of 24 hours from 06.00 on the date of the day in question.

On the eves of the days in question, persons employed in shift work or regular evening or night work are paid a major holiday eve pay of 100% for evening and night shifts and 20% for morning shifts. This pay does not include possible overtime and Sunday pay increases, in other words if the eve falls on a holiday, the employee receives a further 100% Sunday pay increase.

Persons employed in day work on eves of major holidays are paid an increase amounting to 20% of the average hourly earnings for regular work hours. Unlike in shift work, the collective agreement does not require that the increase is paid for overtime hours.

It should be noted that the calculation basis for all the above increases is the employee’s personal average hourly earnings.

Agreement sector

Christmas Eve, Tuesday

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

New Year’s Day Wednesday

Epiphany Monday

Plastics and chemical products Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chemical basic industry Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Boatbuilding industry Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brushmaking industry Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rubber industry Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Footwear and leather industry Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Motor vehicle tyre Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Glass and ceramics and Fiskars Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Precious metals Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Motor vehicle sectors Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes