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Ann Selin, the chairperson of Service Union United (PAM), says PAM is also prepared to resort to strikes and other industrial actions in order to compel the government to scrap its much-discussed bill. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Ann Selin, the chairperson of Service Union United (PAM), says PAM is also prepared to resort to strikes and other industrial actions in order to compel the government to scrap its much-discussed bill. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Service Union United (PAM) on Tuesday announced that its executive board has decided to launch a union-wide overtime ban.

“The overtime ban will apply to all sectors covered by PAM. We are already preparing for political strikes and other industrial actions in co-operation with other trade unions,” declared Ann Selin, the chairperson of PAM.

The industrial actions are an attempt to force the government to abandon its plan to allow businesses with no more than 20 staff to make lay-offs on personal grounds.

“Measures are under preparation at workplaces to demonstrate to the government that service sector employees will not approve of any negative adjustments to their protection against unilateral termination,” said Selin.

The overtime ban will start at a yet-to-be-determined date.

The Industrial Union, Transport Workers’ Union (AKT) and Trade Union Pro have already launched an overtime ban in protest of the much-discussed draft bill. The Union of Health and Social Care Professionals in Finland (Tehy) and the Finnish Union of Practical Nurses (Super), meanwhile, will launch a three-day overtime and shift-trading ban on Wednesday, 26 September.

“If passed, the bill could lead to arbitrary, face-based lay-offs. It would also especially affect young employees. We cannot accept this,” commented Marko Piirainen, the chairperson of AKT.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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