Finland -Possible industrial action at nuclear power plant construction site -TVO June 7, 2012

Trade unions Pro, the Metalworkers' Union, the Electrical Workers' Union, the Construction Workers' Union, the Finnish Engineers’ Association and the Union of Professional Engineers have threatened with industrial action at the TVO nuclear power plant construction site Ulkiluoto 3 unless working conditions of the mainly foreign work force improve rapidly. The unions report that despite earlier talks between management and the unions, workers (mainly employed by subcontractors) receive salaries below the minimum wage, are forced to work overtime without compensation, receive no or limited health care, are poorly housed and face intimidation when joining a union. TVO management denies the accusations and says to have no knowledge of any workers’ rights abuses on the construction site.


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