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 is being 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.
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 the support of the parliament, despite EK’s disagreement. According to Ilkka Oksala, head of the Työelämä responsibility area of EK, labor strikes are starting to have a significant impact on the Finnish economy. It is estimated that Finland has already seen losses of around one billion euros due to strikes organized in the past couple of months.
EK’s Oksala expressed disappointment at AKT’s announcement of the strike and stated that difficult decisions cannot be avoided when facing economic challenges in Finland. Despite not aligning with the government’s labor market policy, EK did not heavily protest against it. Even though some members felt strongly about their stance on this issue, others believed that it was important to prioritize economic growth and stability over other factors.