Response from Central Chamber of Commerce Board to CEO and AKT Social Media Dispute.

On Monday, the board of the Central Chamber of Commerce issued a statement regarding the labor market situation, following a message from CEO Juho Romakkaniemi that had caused controversy with the AKT union. This was an unusual move for the organization, as they typically remain silent in labor market disputes. The statement addressed the crisis-ridden labor market situation following Romakkaniemi’s message that had sparked a reaction from Ismo Kokko of the AKT union.

The disagreement began when Romakkaniemi urged SAK members to resign from their union and join the General Unemployment Fund instead. Kokko responded by terminating banking cooperation with OP Group, where Romakkaniemi is connected as CEO. Kokko suggested that Romakkaniemi was being instructed by Timo Ritakallio, who is both CEO of OP Group and chairman of Central Chamber of Commerce.

In response to the situation, the Central Chamber of Commerce’s board emphasized the importance of respecting employees’ statutory rights and freedoms to decide whether or not to join unions. They also stressed the need for a culture of agreement in the future. While the statement did not directly address the social media dispute between Romakkaniemi and Kokko, it indicated a desire to move forward in a constructive way that supports economic growth.

Ritakallio commented on the situation, highlighting the importance of finding a solution that builds trust in Finland’s labor market and supports economic growth. He emphasized that both perspectives must be considered in order to create a more stable future for Finland’s economy.

During his tenure since 2017, Romakkaniemi has been working to increase Central Chamber of Commerce’s role in social debates and change its public image. He has been working hard to promote dialogue between business leaders and workers’ representatives in order to find solutions that benefit everyone involved.

The statement marks an important moment for Finland’s labor market as it shows that even organizations traditionally quiet on these issues are willing to speak out when necessary.

Overall, this incident highlights how important it is for businesses and unions to come together and find solutions that benefit everyone involved in order to create a more stable future for Finland’s economy.

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