Strikes in Finland: Disruptions Ahead in the Pulp and Paper Industry

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The upcoming strikes planned in Finland from February 1 to 3, 2024, will exert their influence on various sectors, particularly affecting companies in the pulp and paper industry and the overall forest industry.

Participating in the strike initiated by the Finnish Confederation of Trade Unions, Suomen Ammattiliittojen Keskusjärjestö (SAK), the Finnish union for pulp industry workers, Paperiliitto, and the industrial union Teollisuusliitto have united against proposed labor market reforms in Finland.

Paperiliitto has identified several factories in the paper and forest product sector that will be affected, including Stora Enso Enocell in Imatra (Kaukopää and Tainionkoski), Oulu, Varkaus, as well as UPM Kaukas, Kymi, Pietarsaari, and Rauma. Teollisuusliitto has reported that Metsä Group, Mölnlycke, and the engineering group Valmet will also feel the impact of the strikes.

With the Finnish Transport Workers' Union AKT also responding to the call, the strike is poised to disrupt logistical operations throughout the country. Notably, operations at all Finnish seaports are expected to be halted from 6:00 AM on February 1 to 6:00 AM on February 3. Anticipated repercussions include restrictions on goods transportation by road and in aviation.