Lako’s largest ports are Hamina-Kotka, Helsinki, Hanko, Kokkola, Naantali, Pori, Oulu, Rauma, Turku and Uusikaupunki. When 90 percent of Finland’s goods exports are handled in ports, a strike could have serious consequences for Finland’s foreign trade.
The strikes in the truck, tank and oil product segments of road transport began at midnight.
Ismo KokkoACP chairman on Tuesday said For Helsingin Sanomat, the settlement proposals were insufficient both in terms of salary increases and other working conditions. He characterizes the problem as the fact that the employers’ organizations demand that the costs be matched with the collective agreement between the Finnish Confederation of Industry and the employers of the Technology Industry.
“We didn’t get too close,” he said.
“In the employer’s opinion, the ground-breaking agreement defines the level for both salary increases and text questions. This is a flaw in the system that we should be able to fix.”
Over the next two years, employees in the technology industry will receive salary increases of approximately six percent and a one-time bonus of one percent of their salary.
Tieliekken Työnantajat ry (ALT) and Kemianteollisuus ry confirmed on Tuesday that the settlement proposal was in line with the trade in the technology industry and considered that accepting it would have been a responsible course of action.
The port strike will not only have serious implications for employers but will also “drive the export industry to the wall”, it claimed. Mari VasarainenCEO of ALT and Minna Etu-SeppäläDirector of Labor Market Affairs of the Chemical Industry Association.
“Nothing is enough. The ACP demands wage increases that exceed not only the export breakthrough trade but also Germany,” they wrote. joint press release.
On Tuesday, AKT also issued new strike warnings in areas such as truck and bus traffic, gas station repair shops and terminal operations. The strikes are scheduled to begin at the beginning of next month, unless a solution is reached in collective bargaining.
Attempts to mediate the dispute will continue in the coming days, according to the national mediator.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: The Nordic Page