Forest Industry Dispute Escalates

Clerical staff working for forest giant UPM in Tampere and Valkeakoski have gone on strike early, while workers at Stora Enso and Efora in Oulu have again started industrial action. Strikes in the forestry sector are being negotiated by the national conciliator’s office, but the situation on the shop floor has deteriorated.

Today clerical workers at Sappi Finland’s plant at Kirkniemi in Lohja went on strike, although the strike was to have started on Thursday morning. Meanwhile 1,500 Metsäliitto and Stora Enso employees decided at around noon not to end their two-week strike tomorrow as planned.

The Stora Enso and Metsäliitto strikes will continue until June 9, and the industrial action affecting UPM and Sappi in Kirkniemi will last until May 26, if no resolution is found to the dispute.

The dispute centres on salary increases. The strikes have been brought forward because of management pressure, according to the workers. Management claims that the strikes are illegal.

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