Finnish metals, engineering workers strike

About 30,000 Finnish metals and engineering industry workers began a strike Friday, expected to hit the country’s vital export trade, with fears it could spread in two weeks’ time.

The industrial action came after unions and management rejected National Conciliator Esa Lonka’s mediation proposal on wages and working conditions, following days of negotiations.

The two-week strike will affect about 40 companies, including some of Finland’s largest metals industry exporters. The union of professional workers has warned it would expand the strike to include 78 companies on Nov. 7, unless talks are resumed and agreement is reached.

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