Finland - Packaging group forced to pay workers - January 27, 2011

The Finnish-Swedish packaging group Stora Enso announced on Tuesday 25 January that it will adhere to the decision made by the Finnish High Court in December 2010, implying finally paying performance bonuses to employees whose bonuses it had withheld because of their participation in strikes in 2005-2009. The dispute originates from spring 2006 when Stora Enso refused to pay bonuses to employees who had taken part in industrial action. The Trade Union of Salaried Employees (now Pro, after the merger with the Pro union) took the company to the court on behalf of about 1,000 members concerned. Prior to its announcement on Tuesday, Stora Enso had refused to pay the performance bonuses despite the High Court ruling. Faced with this situation, shop stewards of Pro decided to organize a two-day strike, set to begin 27 January. The move of Stora Enso meant that the strike was called off. The company said on Tuesday it will book an extra charge of € 21 million due to the payout of the bonuses.



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