Finland -Foreign owners change industrial relations in paper industry -April 18, 2013

The paper, paperboard and pulp industry is increasingly being taken over by foreign owners. While foreign-owned companies employed 3,688 permanent workers and 187 temporary workers in January 2012, by June of the same year the numbers had increased to a total of 14,210, of which 3,236 had temporary contracts. Workers report that health and safety standards have received far more priority than before. However, layoffs are also reported, as well as greater problems in communicating with management due to language barriers.



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