On Monday, the Confederation of Automotive and Transport Workers (AKT) announced that Finnish ports would be halted as part of a political strike. This strike is being held in response to the Finnish government’s work life policy, which is strongly opposed by trade unions. Despite their opposition, the government is being urged by EK to implement necessary working life reforms, even if they are painful.
The announcement of the strike has caused concern among many, as it is estimated that the Finnish economy has already seen losses of around one billion euros due to strikes organized in the past couple of months. This assessment was made 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 and stated that labor strikes are starting to have a significant impact on the Finnish economy.
It should be noted that these strikes are in opposition to the government’s work life policy, which SAK unions believe weakens the position of employees. However, despite EK’s disagreement with this policy, they did not heavily protest against it. According to EK’s Oksala, economic challenges faced by Finland are too deep for difficult decisions to be avoided.
Overall, it seems that while some may view strikes as a way to gain leverage or express dissenting opinions on certain policies or issues, they can also have negative consequences on an economy and its citizens. It will be interesting to see how this situation unfolds and what actions both sides may take in response.
In conclusion, labor strikes have become a common occurrence in Finland over recent months with significant losses estimated at around one billion euros already incurred due to previous strikes organized by SAK unions. The current political strike involving bus drivers, maintenance garage staff and stevedores is expected to affect approximately 10 thousand employees and has been organized in opposition to