Finnish ports have been halted as part of a political strike organized by the Confederation of Automotive and Transport Workers (AKT). This announcement was made on Monday in response to the government’s work life policy, which is being heavily opposed by trade unions. Despite opposition, the Finnish government is being urged by EK to implement necessary working life reforms, even if they are painful.
The political strike will involve bus drivers, maintenance garage staff, and stevedores, affecting approximately 10,000 employees. EK’s head of the Työelämä responsibility area, Ilkka Oksala, expressed disappointment at the announcement of the strike and stated that labor strikes are starting to have a significant impact on the Finnish economy.
The strikes organized by SAK unions are in opposition to the government’s work life policy, which they believe weakens the position of the employee. These strikes have gained support from parliament despite EK’s disagreement.
Even though EK did not align with the government’s labor market policy, they did not heavily protest against it. According to Oksala, economic challenges faced by Finland are too deep for difficult decisions to be avoided. Despite this, EK has estimated that losses due to past month’s strikes have already reached one billion euros in Finland’s economy.