Collective agreements with the state are twofold. On the one hand, central collective agreements are drawn up that generally stipulate rights and obligations, central increases, etc. and on the other hand institutional agreements.
An institutional agreement is part of the collective agreement between the state and the BHM member association and cannot be terminated separately. Among other things, it is intended to ensure development and promote a more efficient salary system that takes into account the needs and tasks of an organization and its employees. An institutional agreement is a special agreement between an organization and the relevant trade union on the adaptation of certain aspects of the collective agreement to the needs of the organization and employees, taking into account the nature of the operation, structure and/or other things that give the organization its uniqueness. Negotiations about it take place under the embargo on strikes and lockouts, i.e. a strike cannot be used to force changes to it as such.
An institutional agreement must agree on the basic ranking of jobs and which factors and/or criteria will determine their ranking. The job description is one of the criteria for ranking jobs in salary categories and it must be revised in line with the development of the job in question.
An institutional agreement also deals with personal and temporary aspects such as additional education that is useful in the job, work experience, competence, performance, etc.
Trade unions or an organization can enter into a joint institutional agreement, either common for unions within an organization or for a group of organizations.
To strengthen the activities of the organization in question in the long term by handing over the implementation of certain aspects of the collective agreement to the organization and the union on behalf of its employees, thus creating conditions for better working conditions for employees.
Bringing the decision on the salary setting of jobs closer to the workplace where it is possible to respond more quickly to changes that take place in jobs and structure of organizations.
To increase the quality of the service by promoting cooperation between employees and managers in the workplace. The cooperation is intended to improve the organization's operational structure, improve the utilization of working capital and create a basis for increased optimization and a more efficient salary system, thus giving employees the opportunity to develop and improve themselves in their work and thus increase their chances of improved terms.
BHM and the state have jointly published a handbook on the drafting and content of institutional agreements, where you can find various instructions regarding the drafting of institutional agreements.
On the website Stofnanasamningar.is, which is a joint project between the State's Wage and Human Resources Administration and trade unions, you can find material that is useful in the drafting and implementation of institutional agreements.
Overview of Institutional Agreements
We are aiming to bring together in one place all the institutional agreements that Fræðagarður has made.
Until that overview is ready, please refer to the complete list of institutional agreements on the website stétt.is, with agreements of all the associations managed by Fræðagarður's service office.