On Friday September 18th, Finland’s ports are set to shut as the country’s three big trade union federations protest against the government’s labor reform program, according to the Journal of Commerce.
Work is expected to stop from 8.00 am local time with day-long demonstrations set to start at 11.00 am.
Transport Workers Union (ATK) head Marko Piirainen told state broadcaster YLE that the country will “virtually come to a standstill”. The ATK represents 50,000 road and port employees, according to YLE. “We will come to demonstrate against the government’s coercion tactics,” he added. Unions are seeking to protect entitlements to paid holidays, overtime pay, and sick leave.
On 14 September, stevedoring company Steveco is expected to announce negotiations over potentially shedding all its 700 workers at Kotka port, according to YLE.
RCL Agencies will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates once available. For more updates visit our blog or social media profiles.