Midweek holiday provisions for the special branches sector

Technical service and maintenance

Employees receive a midweek holiday pay amounting to 8 hours’ average hourly earnings for New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Ascension Day, Midsummer Eve, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day falling on a weekday other than a Saturday or Sunday.

Unless the employee has a statutory right to Independence Day pay due to incapacity resulting from illness or accident, the employee is paid midweek holiday pay if the Independence Day falls on a weekday other than a Saturday or Sunday during the period of incapacity.

Employees whose employment relationship has lasted for at least 1 month without interruption prior to the midweek holiday are entitled to midweek holiday pay, provided that the employee has, according to the working hour system, worked on the work day immediately preceding or following the midweek holiday.

If, however, the employee is absent from work without an acceptable reason during a midweek holiday assigned in the working hour system as a work day, no midweek holiday pay is paid.

No midweek holiday pay is paid to employees with a weekly or monthly salary.

Media and printing branch

The collective agreement recognises no midweek holiday pay. Weekly and monthly salaries are always paid at the same rate. For hourly paid employees, midweek holidays are paid leave if the employee would have otherwise worked on the holiday in question.

Companies other than newspapers (CBA chapter 3a):

Midweek holidays (and other days listed below) are considered days off unless required otherwise due to production reasons. Where such days fall on a day other than a Saturday or Sunday, they are counted as reductions in annual working time.

If the employee works on a midweek holiday, an equal number of days of leave must be granted at another time.

Midweek holidays include New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, May Day, Ascension Day, Midsummer Eve, Midsummer Day, All Saints’ Day, Independence Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.

Regular work shifts may be scheduled between 00.00–14.00 on Midsummer Eve, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Work carried out during these times is subject to Sunday pay.
Work performed after 14.00 and the terms of remuneration for such work must be agreed locally.

If a shift is scheduled for Easter Saturday, the pay must be equal to Sunday pay. On Epiphany, Good Friday, May Day, Ascension Day, All Saints’ Day and Independence Day, Sunday pay is subject to an increase of 50 per cent.

Midweek holidays that fall within 14 days of the start of a lay-off are reimbursed to the employee in cash, provided that the day would have otherwise been a work days.

With respect to daily allowance, a 14-day rule applies whereby the employer reimburses midweek holidays that fall within 14 days of the start of a lay-off.

Newspaper companies (CBA chapter 3b):

In accordance with the collective bargaining agreement’s working time provisions, the following days are paid holidays that reduce annual working time: Epiphany, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, May Day, Ascension Day, Midsummer Eve, Midsummer Day, All Saints’ Day, Independence Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, unless otherwise required due to an additional print day. See Additional print days, CBA 3b 1.1.5

In newspaper work, employees may work on the above days but corresponding leave must be held at another date.

Regarding daily allowance, if the employee is laid off on the day in question, the employer is not obligated to pay salary. Earnings-related allowance is paid for five days per week. The days also count towards the qualifying period, as the days would have been paid had the employee been working. In practice, therefore, the chemical sector’s 14-day rule where the employee receives pay for midweek holidays that fall within the first 14 days of the start of a lay-off and which would otherwise have been work days does NOT apply.

Paper delivery personnel

Regular work shifts may be scheduled for all days, with the exception of the days following New Year’s Eve, Easter Saturday, Midsummer Eve and Christmas Eve. Regular work shifts may be scheduled for these days if the newspaper company has agreed that a paper is made for that day.

Work performed on midweek holidays, Christmas and Midsummer Eve and the Saturday following Good Friday are subject to Sunday pay.

For work performed on midweek holidays, the pay for each hour is increased by 100% in accordance with Sunday pay.

Graphical industry office workers

Unless otherwise required by production reasons, the following days are paid days of leave that reduce weekly working time, provided that the office worker is scheduled in the work roster to work on the day in question: Epiphany, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Ascension Day, Midsummer Eve, Independence Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.

In the event that the employee is required to work on any of the listed days due to production reasons, the loss of the day off must be compensated with days of leave in the work roster at other dates, or by reimbursing work performed on those days of leave in the manner agreed for overtime work.

Agricultural industries

In the collective agreements for rural industries and the horticultural, fur production and landscaping branches, paid midweek holidays are those midweek holidays that fall on a day of the week other than a Saturday. In the collective agreements for the industries listed above, the following days are considered midweek holidays at the turn of the year: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Epiphany.

Midweek holiday pay is equal to average hourly earnings from the time corresponding to regular working time, and payable when the employment relationship has lasted for at least two months without interruption prior to the midweek holiday. Midweek holiday pay is also paid if, over the past two years, the employee has had several previous employment relationships with the current employer amounting to a total of six months, and the current employment relationship has lasted for two weeks prior to the midweek holiday.

Further, it is required that the employer has been liable to pay wages for the work days immediately preceding and following the midweek holiday or, if the employee was absent for one of these days, the employer granted permission for the absence.

Employees working on Christmas Day receive both a midweek holiday pay as well as a standard pay for Sunday work. Employees working on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day or Epiphany receive a standard pay for Sunday work but no midweek holiday pay.

Monthly salaried employees receive a midweek holiday pay only if the employee worked on Christmas Day.

Where Independence Day had otherwise been a working day, the employee receives full wages calculated based on average hourly pay. The condition for hourly paid employees is that the employee has worked in the employer’s service for at least six days prior to Independence Day. The employee working on the Independence Day is paid as if it were a Sunday work.

Manual work in forestry

Independence Day, 6 December (Act on the Independence Day as a public holiday)

Hourly and performance-based pay

Regardless of whether work is interrupted, if the Independence Day had otherwise been a working day, the employee is paid full wages corresponding to a full day of work. If the work is paid by the day, hour or piecework, however, receiving pay requires that the employee has been continuously working for the employer for at least six work days immediately before the date of Independence Day.

Independence Day pay for piecework is calculated based on the employee’s average daily earnings from the period of six work days immediately preceding Independence Day or, if this basis cannot be used, based on the normal earnings of a similar employee working in the same locality.

Other midweek holidays

The employee is entitled to midweek holiday pay when the employment relationship has lasted for at least two months prior to Epiphany, May Day, Ascension Day or Boxing Day. Midweek holiday pay for these days is equal to the employee’s personal time rate. Midweek holiday pay is paid only if the employee would otherwise have worked on that date.

Monthly salary

Employees whose employment relationship has lasted without interruption for at least one month prior to Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Independence Day or Christmas Eve receive a midweek holiday pay equal to their personal time rate for eight hours, however only if the date of the midweek holiday would otherwise have been a work day.

Forestry machinery

Employees whose employment relationship has lasted without interruption for at least one month prior to Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Independence Day or Christmas Eve receive a midweek holiday pay equal to their personal time rate for eight hours, however only if the said midweek holiday would otherwise have been a work day.

Plant nursery branch

Independence Day, 6 December (Act on the Independence Day as a public holiday)

Hourly and performance-based pay

Regardless of whether work is interrupted, if the Independence Day had otherwise been a working day, the employee is paid full wages corresponding to a full day of work. If the work is paid by the day, hour or piecework, however, receiving pay requires that the employee has been continuously working for the employer for at least six work days immediately before the date of Independence Day.

Independence Day pay for piecework is calculated based on the employee’s average daily earnings from the period of six work days immediately preceding Independence Day or, if this basis cannot be used, based on the normal earnings of a similar employee working in the same locality.

Other midweek holidays

Employees receive a midweek holiday pay equal to 8 hours’ average hourly earnings for midweek holidays, provided that the employee otherwise have worked on that date.

Midweek holidays referred to in this agreement include New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, May Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Midweek holiday pay is paid to employees whose employment relationship has lasted without interruption for at least one month prior to the midweek holiday, provided that the employer is obligated to pay wages for the days immediately preceding and following the midweek holiday under the collective agreement. Midweek holiday pay is paid also in situations where an absence from work on either of the days mentioned above is based on the employer’s consent.

Peat industry

Employees whose employment relationship has lasted without interruption for at least one month prior to New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Independence Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day receive a midweek holiday pay equal to their personal time rate for eight hours, however only if the said midweek holiday would otherwise have been a work day.

Glazing, construction glazing and glass processing branch

Employees receive a midweek holiday pay equal to eight hours’ average hourly pay for the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Ascension Day, Midsummer Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

A midweek holiday pay in accordance with this clause is paid for Independence Days that fall on a work day.

However, midweek holiday pay is paid only to employees whose employment relationship has lasted without interruption for at least three months prior to the midweek holiday in question. Further, the employee must have worked in accordance with the working hour system on both the day immediately preceding and following the midweek holiday, or on one of these days if the absence was with the employer’s permission or due to military refresher training or a comparable reason.

Textile and fashions branch

Employees receive a midweek holiday pay amounting to daily working hours pay based on average hourly earnings for New Year’s Day and Epiphany, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Ascension Day, Midsummer Eve, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day falling on a weekday other than a Saturday.

Midweek holiday pay is paid only to hourly paid employees whose employment relationship has lasted without interruption for at least 3 months prior to the midweek holiday.

Furthermore, the employee must have worked in accordance with the working hour system on the work day both immediately preceding and following the midweek holiday, or on only one of these days if there is an acceptable reason for the absence.

Acceptable reasons for an absence include illness, military refresher training, lay-off and the employer’s permission, among others.

Textiles services maintenance

With the above conditions, hourly paid employees receive a midweek holiday pay equal to their earnings had the day been a work day for the following days: New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Ascension Day, Midsummer Eve, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

However, midweek holiday pay is paid only to employees whose employment relationship has lasted without interruption for at least three (3) months prior to the midweek holiday in question, and provided that the employee has worked in accordance with the work roster on the days both immediately preceding and following the midweek holiday, or on one of these days if the absence was with the employer’s permission or due to a lay-off or based on paid leave specified in the collective bargaining agreement.