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Paper union talks to resume Monday, electrical workers continue strike

Negotiators are busy trying to resolve an array of contract disputes across the Finnish labour sector.

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The Paper Workers' Union remains one of Finland's most powerful. Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

Negotiators will resume talks on Monday aimed at hammering out a new contract agreement for workers in the paper industry.

Two days earlier, the Paper Workers' Union rejected the latest offer from the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF).

On Friday morning, paper workers began observing an overtime ban. Meeting later in the morning, their union's leaders decided not to launch further industrial action while the talks are still ongoing.

Agreements in tech sector – but not for electricians

Meanwhile employers in the technology sector have reached a deal with the Trade Union Pro, which is part of the white-collar labour federation STTK. The deal, struck on Thursday evening, will give some 25,000 workers a raise of 3.2 percent over the next two years.

That is in line with a deal reached on Monday between the Technology Industries of Finland (TIF) and the Finnish Industrial Union, formerly known as the Metalworkers' Union.

Electrical workers are still at loggerheads with tech industry employers, though.

They are on a week-long strike scheduled to last until Tuesday, following the breakdown of talks on pay and working conditions. Additional strike action may be on the way.

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