Political strikes have had a significant impact on companies in Finland, with many businesses curtailing production and reducing investments as a result. According to a survey conducted by Teknologiateollisuus ri, four out of ten companies reported that they are cutting back on investments due to the ongoing strikes. Large companies were particularly concerned, with 20 percent indicating a significant reduction and 32 percent opting for a slight reduction.

Despite the negative impact of the strikes, around two-thirds of medium-sized businesses reported that the effect on investment was minimal. The survey question about reduced investment was asked tentatively, with most responses indicating concern about how future strikes would affect their investment decisions. Additionally, a quarter of large companies revealed that they had already shifted production to foreign units in response to the strikes.

Logistics strikes also affected production for almost a third of industrial enterprises, even if they were not directly targeted. Companies reported difficulties in procuring production inputs, implementing exports, and meeting customer demands due to the disruptions caused by the strikes. There are also concerns about reputational damage and potential layoffs as a result of ongoing labor disputes.

The survey was conducted from March 11 to 18, with 645 companies responding. However, the low response rate affects the representativeness of the survey since almost two-thirds of member companies did not participate. The government is considering legislation that would limit the duration of political strikes to 24 hours, which could ease some concerns among businesses. Directors and industry experts expressed concern about the wider economic impact of prolonged strikes on Finland’s economy and urged for a quick resolution to avoid further disruption.

Overall, this research underscores how political strikes can have far-reaching consequences on companies in Finland, leading them to consider changes in their production plans and reduced investment due to ongoing uncertainties.

By Samantha Johnson

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