Finland braces for shipping strike this Thursday

Finland braces for shipping strike this Thursday

Helsinki: Finland is bracing for a nation wide shipping strike this Thursday.

Both the Finnish Engineers’ Association and the Finnish Seafarers Union have announced their intention to join a strike this Thursday in support of a strike organised by the union members working on Finnish ice-breakers.

Icebreaker workers are in a contract dispute with employer Arctia Shipping.

Should the combined strikes go ahead, they will bring all shipping traffic sailing under the Finnish flag to a halt, including Silja and Viking Line cruiseships.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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