Finland -Deal signed after controversial court ruling order; unions fined for strike -June 19, 2012

Employees of Finnair technical services went on strike on 5 June, protesting a decision to outsource engine services to Swiss company SR Technics, expected to lead to 280 job losses at Finnair. In a controversial decision, a Helsinki district court judge struck down the strike, also threatening a 2.8 million fine if the strike continued illegally. Union representatives criticised the ruling, protesting amongst others against the fact that union representatives were not heard in court, and announced a union appeal. Legal experts denounced the ruling claiming the district court did not have jurisdiction in industrial conflicts and that the fine set exceeded the legal maximum tenfold. The labour court subsequently decreased the fine to €19,500 plus employers’ legal costs, but did not rule on the legality of the district court injunction.

English: http://news.airwise.com/story/view/1338989374.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/14/finnair-strike-idUSL5E8HEC9P20120614

http://yle.fi/uutiset/union_appeals_finnair_strike_injunction/6169141

http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Judge+orders+Finnair+technical+staff+back+to+work ...

http://yle.fi/uutiset/labour_court_fines_unions_for_finnair_strike/6187515

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