Finnish port strike due on Friday

Finnish port strike due on Friday

This Friday will see another set of strikes at Finland’s ports. The nation’s top three trade unions are fighting the government’s proposed labour reforms.

The boss of the Transport Workers Union (ATK) Marko Piirainen told state broadcaster YLE that Finland will “virtually come to a standstill” on Friday.

The strike is aimed at safeguarding entitlements to paid holidays, overtime pay, and sick leave.

This is the second strike at Finnish ports this year. The nation’s ports have been reporting declining volumes for a number of years.

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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