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 is in response to the government’s work life policy, which has been heavily opposed by trade unions. Despite their opposition, the Finnish government is being urged by EK to implement necessary working life reforms, even if they are painful.
Ilkka Oksala, head of the Työelämä responsibility area of the Finnish Confederation of Finnish Business (EK), has estimated that the Finnish economy has already seen losses of around one billion euros due to strikes organized in the past couple of months. 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 strikes organized by SAK unions are in opposition to the government’s work life policy, which they believe weakens the position of employees. These strikes have gained support from parliament despite EK’s disagreement with them. 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 who said that economic challenges faced by Finland are too deep for difficult decisions to be avoided.