The paper workers’ union and the forestry company UPM were unable to reach an agreement on wages and working conditions in the paper industry.
The paperworkers’ union announced on Thursday that a strike by workers at the UPM plant would be extended for three weeks.
This means that unless there is a breakthrough in collective bargaining, industrial action will continue until 6am on April 2.
The strike began on January 1, 2022 and the union has since been engaged in negotiations with UPM over the details of wages and conditions in the paper industry.
Traditionally, Finnish social negotiations have been sectoral, but in this case UPM representatives want to negotiate unit by unit, because they argue that companies differ so much from each other that a single collective agreement would not be applicable. The paper workers’ union refused to continue negotiations on this basis.
In January, the Helsinki District Court ordered some UPM workers at some electricity and water treatment plants back to work to prevent the strike from affecting essential services such as heating urban.
The union said it would meet UPM representatives on Friday 25 February, in the presence of the Finnish national ombudsman.