Metsä Wood's sawmills will introduce a new salary system on 1 January 2016. The new system aims to harmonise and clarify the basis for salaries and make the related principles more understandable, transparent and equal.
The negotiations on the new salary system started at the beginning of 2015, and a company-specific agreement was signed on 21 December 2015. Between November and December, each production unit organised a briefing about the new system for its employees.
"The reform of the salary system complements Metsä Wood's target organisation model. The new system supports our industrial efficiency strategy, as it is simple and enhances productivity. It's also an excellent example of how local negotiations lead to good results when both parties trust one another," says Esa Kaikkonen, Executive Vice President of Metsä Wood.
In the new system, salaries consist of three parts: a job-specific part that is based on how demanding the job is, a personal part that is based on competence and workplace skills, and a common part that varies according to productivity. With the implementation of the new system, salaries will be paid once per month.
"Local agreements are based on trust, setting shared goals, and cooperation. I believe that the new system will improve employees' professional skills and productivity. We will better be able to focus on what is important when all units are covered by the same salary agreement. Now our own attitude will determine how we are going to benefit from the new salary system," says Jari Hyvönen, Chief Shop Steward at the Vilppula sawmill.
"I would like to thank all of our employees' representatives and employees for their honest, constructive cooperation. The reform is excellent proof of our employees' ability and willingness to continuously develop our operating models. The new salary system creates excellent conditions for competence development and continuous operational improvement, while also serving as a foundation for training plans," says Harri Haapaniemi, VP of Production at Timber and Upgrades.