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

The Finnish Confederation of Automotive and Transport Workers (AKT) announced on Monday that they would be halting port operations as part of a political strike. This move comes in opposition to the government’s work-life policy, which has been heavily criticized by trade unions. Despite this opposition, the Finnish government is being urged by EK to implement necessary reforms, even if they are painful.

According to Ilkka Oksala, head of the Työelämä responsibility area of the Finnish Confederation of Finnish Business (EK), losses due to strikes organized in recent months have already amounted to around one billion euros in the Finnish economy. With the announcement of this new strike involving bus drivers, maintenance garage staff, and stevedores affecting approximately 10,000 employees, these losses are likely to increase further.

EK’s Oksala expressed disappointment at the decision to organize a strike and stated that labor strikes were starting to have a significant impact on the Finnish economy. While SAK unions have organized these strikes in opposition to the government’s work-life policy, which they believe weakens employee rights, their actions have garnered support from parliament despite EK’s disagreement.

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

By Editor

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