Paper industry employees have taken industril action in protest of proposed revisions to their terms and conditions of employment, reports Trade Union Pro.
Managerial and professional staff in the sector introduced an overtime ban at 2pm on Tuesday and have announced their plans to stage a one-week-long strike on 17 January. A total of 3,000 employees are expected to participate in the industrial actions.
The employees view that the proposed revisions to the collective bargaining agreement are unreasonable in an industry with remarkably high productivity and profitability.
Trade Union Pro estimates in its press release that, if implemented, the strike would cause severe disruptions at paper industry workplaces across Finland.
“The industry has experienced a period of excellent increases in productivity and improvements in profitability. Wage earners in the industry deserve greater wage increases than those in other industries. Our objectives in the [bargaining] negotiations have been reasonable and in line with the overall situation,” comments Jari Uschanov, the head of collective bargaining at Trade Union Pro.
Finnish Forest Industries, in turn, believes employees in the paper industry should follow in the footsteps of employers and consent to revisions that improve the productivity of the industry. It also demands that the employees immediately call off the planned industrial actions.
“Trade Union Pro has unfortunately been unable to resolve the dispute at its own negotiation table but presented the case to the National Conciliator. Launching a strike at a moment when exports are picking up is irresponsible,” retorts Nina Pärssinen, the head of labour market affairs at Forest Industries.