Confederation suspends political strikes

Finland

The SAK trade union confederation has decided to suspend the industrial action taken by a number of its member organisations in order to engage with the government over its programme of welfare cuts and anti-union measures. The actions began on 11 March and were suspended on 8 April. The unions involved were in both public and private sectors – the industrial union, the AKT transport workers' union, service union PAM, the construction union, the JHL public and welfare sector union and the electricity union. SAK wants the government to make clear that it won’t bring forward measures to restrict the right to strike and it wants a greater balance in the government programme which it sees as only delivering on employer demands. Cuts to social security have already been implemented, affecting a large number of people and the confederation wants the government to carry out an impact assessment and commit to reversing some of the worst measures.

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