“Retail businesses are making good results, while their workers have to cut corners to make sure they’re paid enough to live on. Employees have the right to an appropriate salary increase.”
Helsingin Sanomat on Monday pictorial the possible effects of the strike by pointing out that the logistics center of the grocery trade of Inex Partners, the logistics and transport department of the S group, handles around 1,000 trucks every day.
“Many stores may face a significant product shortage towards the end of the week. Especially if some kind of hoarding happens, it can present challenges for stores to keep their doors open. Risto KalliorinnePAM’s organizational director, analyzes for Helsingin Sanomat.
“I’m sure stores would try to keep their doors open with supervisors and on-demand workers, but it’s going to be difficult. I think a lot of people would have to close their doors.”
The trade union announced on Sunday that the strike warning came as a surprise only after a meeting of four labor market organizations.
“The negotiations were far from over. We had only discussed the proposal texts of both parties. Salary negotiations would have been the next stage of the negotiations. Contrary to what PAM claims, the Trade Union had promised to respond to the salary increase proposal at its next meeting on Thursday. said Anna LavikkalaDirector of Labor Market Affairs of the Finnish Trade Union.
The association’s spokesperson estimates that stores should be able to keep their doors open by utilizing supervisor and reserve staff.
Kauppaliitto and PAM started negotiations on a new collective agreement on January 12. Kalliorinne told Helsingin Sanomat that the negotiations will continue under the leadership of the national mediator on Thursday.
“We haven’t had strikes in the retail sector since 2010, so this is a rare situation,” he commented.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: The Nordic Page