Transport workers’ Union strike halts Finland’s ports

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The Finnish Transport Workers’ Union, Auto-ja Kjetusala Työntekijäliitto (AKT), has begun its strike, impacting all Finnish ports and terminals until further notice.

The strike commenced on 15 February at 6.00 am local time. 

All vessel operations in Finland’s ports, gate moves, and handling of containers within terminals have been suspended. 

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The negotiations and discussions regarding a new collective bargaining agreement between the union and employer organisations were unsuccessful. The union rejected the settlement proposals that European Labour Authority mediator, Leo Suomaa, presented to them.

The negotiating parties will recommence the negotiations by 17 February.

This strike comes after the Port of Helsinki set a tonnage record for 2022, having handled nearly 500,000 TEU, weighing in at 3.8 million tonnes.

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