Two weeks of strikes against government programme


The JHL public service unions, AKT transport union and other members of the SAK trade unio confederation are involved in two weeks of strike action against the government programme of welfare cuts and attacks on workers’ and trade union rights. The unions are frustrated that the government is not responding to their calls to negotiate. Alongside JHL and AKT, the strikes involve unions in industry, electricity, construction and services. The measures target exports and imports in ports and on rails. Large industrial plants and distribution terminals are also involved. Around 7,000 workers are affected by strikes in key sectors. The unions are prepared to suspend the action if the government is willing take a more balanced approach. A survey of members of trade unions in SAK revealed 81% in favour of strike action. EPSU sent a message of solidarity and more background on the government plans can be read here.

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