Trade union Pro must return to the negotiating table and stop causing crises in the labour market

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“Trade union Pro has demonstrated utter irresponsibility by expanding its industrial actions to the salaried employees of Sappi Finland’s Kirkniemi mill and UPM, which is now being targeted for action for the second time during the ongoing dispute. Initiating strikes at one workplace after another will only lead to Finnish jobs being transferred to other countries,” says Jari Forss, Deputy Director General of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.

“Pro is steering the situation from crisis to crisis and is seemingly unable to negotiate a resolution. The points of dispute are in no way proportionate to the measures that Pro has instigated,” Jari Forss says.

“Pro must join us at the table in an effort to find a solution to this dispute. We remain prepared to offer a corresponding pay solution as was agreed to with the industry’s other personnel groups. Furthermore, we remain open to the option of developing company-specific pay systems in cooperation with the union,” Forss sums up.

“The escalating crisis involving the paper industry’s salaried employees will also affect the forest-based sector’s other personnel groups. The expansion of the strike and threats of unlawful industrial action will inevitably cause the industry to re-evaluate which countries serve as locations for its support functions,” Forss continues.

Pro making constant threats of unlawful industrial action
UPM’s salaried paper industry employees went on a two-week strike at the beginning of April. A fresh two-week strike officially commenced today at Stora Enso and Metsäliitto.

Pro has organised a range of unlawful industrial actions in April and is threatening to continue its lawless activities further. Over Easter, Pro announced that it was moving the Stora Enso and Metsäliitto strike one day forward. Towards the end of April, salaried employees at Stora Enso’s and Efora’s Oulu facilities as well as the salaried employees of Stora Enso’s Kotka and Anjala service centres were urged to initiate an unlawful industrial action. In addition to this, Pro breached labour law already in the initial stages of the current dispute when it declared an overtime ban at a time when the earlier collective bargaining agreement remained in force.

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

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