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Finland's largest union confederation begins protest against government budget next week with regional walkouts, demonstrations

The campaign by the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) is being organised in protest against the government's planned budget cuts.

Photo shows members of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK at a press conference.
Members of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK announced the three-week campaign of protest action at a press conference on Thursday. Image: Petteri Sopanen / Yle
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Finland's largest trade union confederation will begin three weeks of protests against the government's budget plans next Tuesday when union members will walk out of their workplaces in three regions.

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK announced a campaign of "walkouts, protests and demonstrations" at a press conference on Thursday in opposition to planned budget cuts by Prime Minister Petteri Orpo's (NCP) government.

The confederation said the campaign will involve protest activity on at least three days per week for the next three weeks.

The walkouts on Tuesday 26 September will last for one hour, SAK said in a statement, and will involve workers in the regions of North Ostrobothnia, Kainuu and Lapland.

The action will see members of the Finnish Electrical Workers' Union down tools at plants in Finnish Lapland.

On Wednesday, members of the PAM services sector union as well as the Finnish Construction Trade Union will organise demonstrations in the market squares of the cities of Turku and Pori.

Both events are part of the SAK's campaign, which is aimed at highlighting the impact the government's budget cuts will have on workers, especially low- and middle-income earners.

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