Confederations reject government attack on right to strike

Finland

The three trade union confederations – SAK, Akava and STTK – have issued a joint statement condemning the proposed reform of the law on collective action. They argue that the changes are designed to upset the balance of the labour market, increase unilateral action by employers and will not improve industrial peace. The confederations say that they will not accept the reforms and that there is no need for a further tightening of rules as existing regulations already impose a range of restrictions. The government wants to limit the rights to political strikes and solidarity action and proposes much higher fines for trade unions that breach the rules. The confederations have also criticised the government for the failure to consult with trade unions and for not providing any real assessment of the impact of the changes.

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