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Striking a Balance: The Conflict Between Unions and Finnish Government over Work-Life Policy


Feb 13, 2024
Finland faces billion-dollar losses due to strikes, described as “a big disappointment”

The Confederation of Automotive and Transport Workers (AKT) has announced a political strike that will halt Finnish ports. This strike is 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.

Ilkka Oksala, head of the Työelämä responsibility area of the Finnish Confederation of Finnish Business (EK), has 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 after considering the impact of labor strikes on the economy.

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 strikes, organized by SAK unions, are in opposition to the government’s work-life policy, which they believe weakens their position as employees. These strikes have gained support from parliament despite EK’s disagreement with them. However, EK did not heavily protest against this policy as they believed that economic challenges faced by Finland are too deep for difficult decisions to be avoided.

In conclusion, while AKT announced a political strike aimed at halting Finnish ports in opposition to the government’s work-life policy

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