The Finnish Construction Trade Union is gearing up to weather a lockout announced by construction industry companies.
The trade union’s board of directors decided yesterday to pay 50 euros a day in financial support to its members who are left without pay for the duration of the lockout, which is scheduled to be introduced by all member companies of the Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries (RT) on 10 May.
The Construction Trade Union said the financial support will be offered to members who have no outstanding membership fees and who have joined the union no later than at the end of March, 2018. The amount of financial support, it adds, has been calculated in a way that enables the trade union to withstand a prolonged industrial dispute.
RT has said the lockout is an attempt to put an end to the recent wave strikes and reach an agreement in the long-running collective bargaining negotiations in the construction industry.
“A lockout is a forceful measure, the only objective of which is to expedite putting an end to the strikes and reaching an agreement. The Construction Trade Union has chosen to go down the road of scattered strikes that, at worst, could continue until the autumn and cause substantial harm to both companies and bystanders,” explained Harri Kailasalo, the board chairman at RT.
Differences over wage increases have been cited as the main reason for the strikes.
The Finnish Construction Trade Union has argued that the lockout is illegal and pledged to take legal action if construction workers are discriminated against on grounds of their membership in the union.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi