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Finland/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.6 Labour laws

The main legal instruments that regulate the use of the Finnish labour force are the Act on Labour Contracts and the Act on Civil Servants. Both define the rights of the employees and the obligations of the employers. The Finnish tri-partite system of collective bargaining (income negotiations) "activates" these laws often and this may result in their revision. They – as well as the rounds of collective bargaining – are relevant from the point of view of performing arts and cultural services. Self-employed artists and freelance workers are, of course, outside these laws and the more comprehensive system of collective bargaining, although the negotiation results of these larger systems may also shape their working conditions and benefits.

General labour laws also have regulations that concern discrimination, yet the protection against gender discrimination is stipulated in the Equality Act (see chapter 4.2.10).

See also comparative information provided in the Compendium "Themes!" section under "Status of Artists".

Chapter published: 25-04-2017

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