Industrial peace vital for forest industry product supply chain

Developing industrial peace regulations is especially important for exports, as over 90 per cent of the forest industry’s products are exported. Strikes, or mere threats of industrial action, damage the forest industry’s reputation as a reliable supplier.

Illegal industrial action causes higher production losses in the forest industry than in other sectors. Industrial peace regulations should be reviewed to prevent illegal industrial action. Illegal strikes should result in higher compensatory fines that are proportional to the economic harm caused. It should be possible to claim damages for losses incurred from illegal industrial action.

The entire industry’s exports may stop due to, for example, industrial action by key groups in the logistics chain. The industrial peace regulations review should create a system to limit industrial action that results in significant damage to other sectors.