On Monday, the Confederation of Car and Transport Workers (AKT) announced that Finnish ports will be shut down as part of a political strike. This decision comes in response to the government’s work-life policy, which is fiercely opposed by unions. Despite their opposition, the EC is urging the Finnish government to implement the necessary reforms of working life, even if they are painful.
Ilkka Oksala, head of the area of responsibility for Tioela of the Finnish Confederation of Finnish Business (EK), has estimated that the Finnish economy has already experienced losses of around one billion euros due to the strikes organized in the last few months. He expressed disappointment with the strike announcement, stating that labor strikes are beginning to have a significant impact on the Finnish economy.
The political strike organized by AKT will include bus drivers, maintenance garage staff and transporters, and will affect approximately 10,000 employees. The EC’s Oksala expressed disappointment with the strike announcement, stating that labor strikes are beginning to have a significant impact on the Finnish economy.
These strikes received support from Parliament despite disagreement from EK. Although EK did not strongly protest against it, they did not align with government’s labor market policy. According to Oksala, economic challenges facing Finland are too deep to avoid difficult decisions.