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2 Apr 2024

Finland: Unions strike over planned Govt. labour reforms they say would limit workers' rights

Since March 11, workers have been on strike against the right-wing government's planned labour market reforms and proposed cuts to social welfare. The strike action follows other strikes and protest held since last summer when the government first announced the plans. The reforms would make it easier for employers to terminate work contracts, limit the right to strike, weaken collective bargaining rights and abolish mandated sick pay from the first day of sick leave, among other things.

Finland’s biggest labour federation, the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), who called for the strikes, has claimed that "the reforms are taken directly from the lobbying objectives of organisations that represent business interests". Finland's top industry lobby group EK urges the government to push ahead with reforms and states that SAK's decision to continue the political strikes shows "complete recklessness".