Freight Traffic Disrupted by Nationwide Auto- and Transport Employees’ Union Strike Impacting Dozens of Companies in Finland

Finnish freight traffic to be halted for two weeks as AKT goes on strike – these companies will feel the impact

AKT and JHL strikes have impacted around 70 different company locations in Finland. The Auto- and Transport Employees’ Union (AKT) announced a strike that would close the country’s freight traffic for two weeks from March 11 to March 24. Although passenger transport is expected to run normally, the AKT decided to go on strike due to the government’s unwillingness to consult with employees.

Neste, an oil refiner, is one of the companies affected by the strike, with its terminal services in various locations being impacted. This means there will be no work shifts starting between March 11 at 6 a.m. and March 25 at 6 a.m. The strike also involves operators of warehouses in the tanker and oil products sector.

Viking Line’s cargo handling operations in the ports of Helsinki and Turku are also affected by the AKT strike, leading to disruption in key services and operations. Haulage drivers, traffic controllers, and truck handlers are all affected by this industrial action. However, unions involved in the strikes have assured that work tasks critical to life, health, or property have been excluded from the industrial action to maintain safety and security.

The strikes do not intend to jeopardize Finland’s security of supply but rather bring attention to labor issues and reach an agreement with the government. The various companies and locations impacted by the strikes highlight the importance of effective communication between employers and employees when resolving labor disputes.

In conclusion, while passenger transport may be running normally during this period, it is important for both employers and employees to communicate effectively when addressing labor issues in order to avoid disruptions in key services and operations.

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