Finnish Transport Workers’ Union (AKT) strike

Many papers reported about the strike that the Finnish Transport Workers’ Union (AKT) launched on Wednesday.

The trade union represents professionals across transport sectors including lorry drivers as well as oil tanker and port workers.

The industrial action began at just after midnight, following AKT’s rejection of the mediator’s proposal citing inadequate wage increases, Ilta-Sanomat(siirryt toiseen palveluun) reports.

The strike is set to affect some 9,000 workers and will significantly impact Finland’s foreign trade and transport services.

Ilkka-Pohjalainen(siirryt toiseen palveluun) also covered the story, adding that the Finnish Port Operators Association warned that the strikes, if prolonged, could even lead to factory closures.

Speaking to Iltalehti(siirryt toiseen palveluun), director of the Confederation of Finnish Industries, Ilkka Oksala, said that the effects of the strikes would be felt very quickly by consumers, starting with products with a short shelf life, such as fruit and veggies.

“A few days are still manageable. From then on, the problems will start to show and there will be big repercussions.”