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SY satisfied strikes end

The CEO of Suomen Yrittäjät, the Finnish SME association, says that industrial peace regulation must be enacted as soon as possible.

The trade union confederation SAK said on Thursday 4 April that the political strikes would end on Monday the 8th.

“It’s good that sense has prevailed at SAK and that both the political strikes and the accompanying political vandalism of companies and their employees are ending,” Mikael Pentikäinen, CEO of Suomen Yrittäjät, comments.

“The Government must continue to prepare labour market reforms and enact industrial peace regulation as soon as possible,” Pentikäinen says.

Labour Minister Arto Satonen (National Coalition Party) also expressed his view on the end of the strikes on the social network X.

“As has been said before, when there are no strikes, it’s possible to discuss the details important to stakeholders and to search for solutions,” Satonen posted.

In a joint statement, the employers’ export industry unions, the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland, Finnish Forest Industries and Technology Industries of Finland, stressed that “the strikes have already caused irreversible damage to the export industry and thus to all of Finland and its population”.

“The strikes have already damaged Finland’s reputation as an investment. It would be dangerous if Finland were to be numbed into long, continuous striking. Companies have already suffered extensive financial harm, and they now need industrial peace to ensure the difficult economic situation does not become any more unbearable,” Mika Aalto, CEO of the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland, said in the statement.

On Thursday 4 April, Jarkko Eloranta, the chair of SAK, said that the trade union confederation’s board would next meet to discuss the labour market situation on 18 April.

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