Unsuccesfull negotiations – lockout will be extended by a week

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Today’s collective agreement negotiations to solve the labour market dispute in the Finnish pulp and paper industry were unsuccessful. Discussions were continued on the basis of the proposal made by the National Conciliator on June 1, 2005. Employers were ready to find solutions in several questions but the Finnish Paperworkers’ Union was not willing to compromise its targets and the National Conciliator decided to suspend the negotiations. Therefore, the Finnish Forest Industries Federation, which represents the pulp and paper industry employers, decided to extend the lockout by a week to July 6, 2005, unless the parties conclude a competitive collective labour agreement by then.

"Negotiations have been intensive yesterday and today. Unfortunately we have not been successful and were forced to announce an extension to the lockout," says Mr. Timo Poranen, President of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.

According to the law, the opposing side and national conciliator must be informed of a lockout two weeks in advance.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Timo Poranen, President, Finnish Forest Industries Federation, tel. +358 9 132 6600