How does industrial dispute affect the earnings-related daily allowance?

We cannot pay you daily allowance for the duration of industrial dispute. There are a few exceptions.

Industrial dispute

Industrial dispute refers to measures that aim at affecting the employment and salary relations at the workplace. When the employees interrupt working due to the dispute, it is a strike. When the employer interrupts working due to the dispute, it is a lockout.

The effect of industrial dispute on daily allowance

We cannot pay you daily allowance, if

  • you have become unemployed directly due to a strike or lockout
  • you have become unemployed indirectly due to a strike or lockout, but the purpose of the industrial dispute in question is to implement changes also to your employment and salary.

When the general requirements are met, we can pay you daily allowance, for example, if

  • the payment of salary is interrupted due to industrial dispute, and you have been unemployed already before the industrial dispute.
  • you have been laid off already before the industrial dispute (it is required that the notice of lay-off has been given before the notice of lockout).
  • your working is prevented by such strike or lockout that has no direct or indirect dependency relationship with your terms of employment or working conditions.

Strike benefit

Strike benefit is compensation paid by a trade union, which may be tax-free or subject to tax. It is paid for application to those members of a trade union whose salary payment has been interrupted due to strike.

Strike benefit is not a benefit paid by unemployment funds. YTK is an unemployment fund, so you cannot apply for strike benefit from YTK.

If you are a member of YTK Association, you can ask from a lawyer about the effects of the industrial action on the employer’s obligation to pay the salary.

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