The possible strike will not affect the operations of the Vuosaari Harbour in Helsinki.
The possible strike will not affect the operations of the Vuosaari Harbour in Helsinki.

 

The Finnish Seafarers’ Union (SMU) and Transport Workers’ Union (AKT) have issued a strike warning in a bid to add a sense of urgency to their collective bargaining negotiations with Avaintyönantajat Ry (Avainta), a nationwide association of private sector employers.

The strike would disrupt the operations of five critical harbours along the western coast of Finland – Kokkola, Naantali, Oulu, Rauma and Turku – for an unspecified time period as of 6am on 29 January.

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Marcus Wallenberg, the chairman of the board at Saab, spoke at a press conference in Helsinki on Wednesday, 17 January, 2018. The Swedish defence company announced it will expand its operations in Finland.
Marcus Wallenberg, the chairman of the board at Saab, spoke at a press conference in Helsinki on Wednesday, 17 January, 2018. The Swedish defence company announced it will expand its operations in Finland.

 

Saab on Wednesday announced it has established a new development centre in Tampere, Finland, reports Talouselämä.

The Swedish defence and security company said it will invest roughly 50–70 million euros in developing the centre over the next five years and ultimately recruit roughly 100 employees to supplement the core group of 12 staff already employed at the centre.

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Managerial and professional staff in the paper industry were planning on going on a week-long strike as of Wednesday, 17 January, 2018. (Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)
Managerial and professional staff in the paper industry were planning on going on a week-long strike as of Wednesday, 17 January, 2018. (Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

 

Finnish Forest Industries and Trade Union Pro have accepted a settlement proposal to end a labour dispute that was to disrupt the operations of several paper industry companies for a week as of Wednesday, 17 January.

The settlement proposal was drafted by National Conciliator Minna Helle.

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Passengers lined up for a security check at Helsinki Airport on 3 March, 2017. Nearly 19 million passengers passed through the airport during the course of last year. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)
Passengers lined up for a security check at Helsinki Airport on 3 March, 2017. Nearly 19 million passengers passed through the airport during the course of last year. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Finnish airports recorded an increase of over nine per cent in passenger traffic to almost 23 million passengers in 2017.

Finavia, the state-owned operator of the national network of airports, estimates in a press release that the growth is a consequence of the successful year of Finnair, the growing appeal of Finland, and the popularity of Helsinki Airport as a transit point for air traffic between Asia and Europe.

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Finland can ill-afford to drag its feet on the unemployment security reform, says Martti Hetemäki, the permanent state secretary at the Ministry of Finance. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Finland can ill-afford to drag its feet on the unemployment security reform, says Martti Hetemäki, the permanent state secretary at the Ministry of Finance. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Misunderstandings about the newly adopted activation model for unemployment security have drawn attention away from the main issue at hand, laments Martti Hetemäki, the permanent state secretary at the Ministry of Finance.

He reminds in a column that unless the average duration of unemployment is reduced from the current level of over 52 weeks, unemployment will only decrease if its risk is successfully lowered. The risk, however, has grown as a result of globalisation and advances in automation technology.

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Passengers in a full metro car in Nittykumpu, Espoo, on 9 January, 2018. (Panu Tuunala – Lehtikuva)
Passengers in a full metro car in Nittykumpu, Espoo, on 9 January, 2018. (Panu Tuunala – Lehtikuva)

 

Helsinki Region Transport (HSL), and the Technical and Environment Services of Espoo have been asked to draft measures to address the problems associated with feeder services to the eight new stations added to Helsinki Metro in November.

Jaana Jalonen (NCP), a councillor for the City of Espoo, reveals that answers are expected as soon as next week.

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Chancellor of Justice Tuomas Pöysti was careful with his words in commenting on the situation of Prosecutor General Matti Nissinen to YLE on Saturday.
Chancellor of Justice Tuomas Pöysti was careful with his words in commenting on the situation of Prosecutor General Matti Nissinen to YLE on Saturday.

 

Prosecutor General Matti Nissinen finds himself in a very unusual situation after being found guilty of violation of official duty by the Supreme Court of Finland, says Tuomas Pöysti, the Chancellor of Justice.

Nissinen was issued a fine last month for having been involved, in his official capacity, in decisions to acquire management coaching services from a company affiliated with his brother.

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Pedestrians waited for the traffic lights to change at the corner of Mannerheimintie and Kaivokatu in Helsinki on 29 December, 2017. Helsinki is reportedly one of several municipalities that consider a small modular reactor a way to strive towards emissions-free co-generation of heat and energy. (Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)
Pedestrians waited for the traffic lights to change at the corner of Mannerheimintie and Kaivokatu in Helsinki on 29 December, 2017. Helsinki is reportedly one of several municipalities that consider a small modular reactor a way to strive towards emissions-free co-generation of heat and energy. (Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

 

Small modular reactors are stirring up interest among municipalities in Finland, according to Tekniikka & Talous.

The innovation and technology-oriented weekly has revealed that the list of municipalities that are exploring the possibility of commissioning a small modular reactor includes Espoo, Helsinki, Kirkkonummi and Nurmijärvi.

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Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), has voiced his disapproval of the so-called activation model for unemployment security. (Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)
Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), has voiced his disapproval of the so-called activation model for unemployment security. (Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

 

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) has announced its plans to organise a strike in protest of the adoption of the much-criticised activation model for unemployment security on Friday, 2 February.

“The government must backtrack on the activation model,” it demanded on Monday.

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Patria’s armoured modular vehicle (AMV) photographed during a demonstration in Parola, Finland, on 23 November, 2012.
Patria’s armoured modular vehicle (AMV) photographed during a demonstration in Parola, Finland, on 23 November, 2012.

 

The Finnish government has agreed to grant a one-year extension to the permit of Patria, a majority state-owned defence technology provider, to export spare parts to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The decision to extend the permit was made in spite of a report by Verdens Gang, the largest newspaper by circulation in Norway, that an armoured vehicle manufactured by the state-owned company had been sighted in use by the UAE in the ongoing civil war in Yemen. The vehicle had been retroactively fitted with a machine gun.

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