The Finnish Transport Workers’ Union (AKT) has stepped up its protest against a government proposal to allow small businesses to lay off staff on personal grounds.
Marko Piirainen, the chairperson of AKT, told Iltalehti on Thursday that the trade union will introduce an overtime and shift-trading ban that will affect the operations of ports and road and air transport service providers between 8 and 28 October.
The ban, he added, will have an immediate impact especially on the operations of ports and export-oriented companies.
“There used to be more workers, but today companies aren’t hiring to replace the people retiring, which has led to high number of overtime hours. When people start turning down overtime work starting on Monday morning, it’ll have a very quick effect on ports – especially because dockworkers and warehouse terminal employees will also be taking part,” Piirainen explained to Iltalehti.
The overtime and shift-trading ban is also expected to force bus operators to adjust their service frequencies in the capital region and other large cities in Finland. Air traffic, in turn, will be affected due to the participation of cabin crew and air traffic service employees.
Members of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) will discuss further actions to protest what they have branded the lay-off law on Friday.
The Finnish government, however, has thus far been adamant that it has no intention to scrap the much-discussed legislative proposal, the objective of which is to encourage small businesses to hire employees and pursue growth.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi