Finland faces billion-dollar losses due to strikes, described as “a big disappointment”

The Confederation of Automotive and Transport Workers (AKT) announced on Monday that Finnish ports would be halted as part of a political strike. This strike comes as a response to the government’s work life policy, which is being heavily opposed by trade unions. Despite opposition, the Finnish government is being urged by EK to implement necessary working life reforms, even if they are painful.

Labor strikes are becoming increasingly common in Finland, with estimates suggesting that the country has lost around one billion euros in the past couple of months due to such actions. This was revealed by Ilkka Oksala, head of the Työelämä responsibility area of the Finnish Confederation of Finnish Business (EK).

The political strike organized by AKT will involve bus drivers, maintenance garage staff, and stevedores, affecting approximately 10,000 employees. EK’s Oksala expressed disappointment at the announcement of the strike, stating that labor strikes are starting to have a significant impact on the Finnish economy.

The SAK unions responsible for these strikes are in opposition to the government’s work life policy, which they believe weakens the position of employees. Despite this opposition, parliament has given its support to these strikes.

Even though EK did not align with the government’s labor market policy, they did not heavily protest against it. According to EK’s Oksala, the economic challenges faced by Finland are too deep for difficult decisions to be avoided. In order for Finland to recover from these challenges

By Editor

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