On Monday, the Confederation of Automotive and Transport Workers (AKT) announced that Finnish ports would be halted as part of a political strike. This strike comes in response to the government’s work-life policy, which is being heavily opposed by trade unions. Despite this opposition, the Finnish government is being urged by EK to implement necessary working life reforms, even if they are painful.
According to Ilkka Oksala, head of the Työelämä responsibility area of the Finnish Confederation of Finnish Business (EK), it is estimated that the Finnish economy has already seen losses of around one billion euros due to strikes organized in the past couple of months. This assessment was made after considering the impact of labor strikes on the country’s economy.
The political strike organized by AKT will involve bus drivers, maintenance garage staff, and stevedores, affecting approximately 10,000 employees. EK’s Oksala expressed disappointment at the announcement of the strike, stating that labor strikes are starting to have a significant impact on the Finnish economy. The government has been criticized for its work-life policy by trade unions who believe it weakens their position as employees. However, this policy has gained support from parliament despite EK’s disagreement with it.
Even though EK did not align with the government’s labor market policy, they did not heavily protest against it. According to EK’s Oksala, difficult decisions must be made in order to address economic challenges faced by Finland. The economic challenges faced by Finland are too deep for easy solutions and require tough decisions to be made.
In conclusion, this political strike organized by AKT will cause significant disruptions for port operations and affect approximately 10,000 employees. While trade unions continue to oppose government policies aimed at improving work-life balance, businesses such as EK urge for necessary reforms even if they may be painful for some stakeholders.