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Industrial Union threatens strikes, 300 tech sites face closure

The 9-day strike could disrupt the entire Finnish economy.

Industrial Union Chair Riku Aalto pictured on 30 December. Image: Pekka Tynell / Yle

The Industrial Union has threatened to inititate a strike that could affect nearly 300 sites within the technology and chemical sectors. Trade Union Pro, which covers the finance and IT sectots, also warned it may join the strike, which is expected to run from 14 to 23 January.

The latest negotiations between the Industrial Union and employers in the Technology Industry failed on 27 December.

If disputes over pay and conditions fail to be resolved, the proposed action would affect a significant part of the Finnish technology industry, potentially disrupting the entire Finnish economy.

"We had long negotiations with employers in the technology industry, but we did not reach an agreement on the level of the salary increase or the length of the contract period. Because of this, we decided to issue a strike warning when no progress was made in the negotiations," said Riku Aalto, President of the Industrial Union.

Roughly an hour after the Industrial Union made strike warning on Twitter (siirryt toiseen palveluun), the Office of the National Conciliator announced that mediation between the two bodies would take place again on Tuesday, 4 January.

Technology Industry: Strike impact "absolutely huge"

Jarkko Ruohoniemi, Chief executive of the Technology Industry Employers' Association, said the strike warning was expected. According to him, the dispute has been tricky to resolve due to conflicting interests "in terms of cost competitiveness and purchasing power".

"Of course, this would be a very large-scale strike with a huge impact if it starts. Now the aim is to find a solution under the leadership of the national mediator," Ruohoniemi explained.