On Monday, the Confederation of Automotive and Transport Workers (AKT) announced a political strike at Finnish ports. This comes as a 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.
Labor strikes have had a significant impact on the Finnish economy, with estimates suggesting that around one billion euros in losses have already been incurred due to strikes organized in the past couple of months. Ilkka Oksala, head of the Työelämä responsibility area of the Finnish Confederation of Finnish Business (EK), has expressed his disappointment at this development.
The political strike organized by AKT will involve bus drivers, maintenance garage staff, and stevedores, affecting approximately 10,000 employees. EK’s Oksala expressed concern that labor strikes are starting to have a significant impact on the Finnish economy.
Despite not aligning with the government’s labor market policy, EK did not heavily protest against it. According to EK’s Oksala, difficult decisions must be made in order to address the economic challenges faced by Finland.