Pro launches unlawful strikes during conciliation process

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Trade union Pro has yet again announced the initiation of fresh unlawful strikes, which will affect salaried paper industry employees. Pro intends to commence lawless industrial actions at, among other places, UPM and Stora Enso even though conciliation is also scheduled to continue this afternoon. Pro is applying pressure on the conciliation process with its unlawful measures.

“Pro’s brazen conduct is unprecedented. The union is launching fresh illegalities while at the same time participating in negotiations led by the National Conciliator. Pro is eroding the efforts of the National Conciliator and demonstrating its disrespect for the conciliation proceedings,” says Jari Forss, Deputy Director General of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation. 

“Pro’s actions should prompt the new Government to initiate an immediate revision of the legislation protecting industrial peace,” Forss continues.

Pro has organised at least the following unlawful industrial actions:

Lawless overtime ban 1 April 2011
Unlawful strikes
– Stora Enso and Efora, Imatra, 14–15 April 2011
– Stora Enso’s financial administration in Anjala and Kotka, 20–21 April 2011
– Stora Enso and Efora, Oulu 21-26 April 2011
– Metsäliitto and Botnia Mill Service; Stora Enso and Efora, 26 April 2011
– UPM, 4-7 May 2011
– UPM, Kymi, 10-12 May 2011
– Sappi, 11 May 2011
– Metsäliitto, Kemi, Äänekoski and Simpele; Efora, Imatra, Veitsiluoto, Oulu; Botnia Mill Service, Kemi, Äänekoski, 11-18 May 2011
– Stora Enso and Efora, Imatra, Oulu and Veitsiluoto, 11-19 May 2011
– UPM, Tervasaari and the Tampere service centre, 11-12 May 2011

Pro’s lawful strikes – announced 14 day in advance
– UPM, 6–20 April 2011
– Metsäliitto and Botnia Mill Service; Stora Enso and Efora, 27 April – 11 May 2011
Threat of strike
– UPM and Sappi, 12–26 May 2011
– Metsäliitto and Botnia Mill Service; Stora Enso and Efora, 19 May – 9 June 2011

Further information:
Jari Forss, Deputy Director General, Finnish Forest Industries Federation, tel. +358 9 132 4440, +358 40 570 7652

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