Finland - Shipyard workers strike over competitiveness pact - November 30, 2016

Workers at the Helsinki dockyard of Russian-owned shipbuilder Arctech downed tools and walked off the job. The industrial action came during negotiations on the government's competitiveness pact by employer and employee representatives. Arctech chief executive described the action as an ‘illegal strike’. Employees wanted to discuss issues such as wages as well as the a so-called ‘survival clause’ in the competitiveness deal, which may be invoked in cases when an employer runs into financial difficulty that could result in job cuts or changes to wage and salary agreements. The terms and conditions of the clause should be agreed by employer and employee representatives in collective bargaining talks. The trade unions said that employer representatives only wanted to discuss the proposal of extending working hours by 24 hours per year.

English: http://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/helsinki_shipyard_workers_down_tools …  

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