Shop stewards at Rautaruukki:
Suicides only tip of iceberg
Helsinki (07.12.2009 - Juhani Artto) This autumn four employees
of the Rautaruukki steel mill in Raahe have committed suicide. They represent only the tip
of iceberg when it comes to the indisposition of the personnel, according to shop steward
Mika Vuoti and safety representative Alpo Pirneskoski.
"The management has for several years completely ignored the needs of the employees.
In the last few years the employer has unilaterally demolished good practises that had
been agreed upon together", Vuoti says bluntly.
According to him the amount of sick leave has clearly increased. At the Rautaruukki steel
mill this makes up 12 per cent of the regular working hours, when the process industry
average in Finland is 5 per cent.
The safety representative Alpo Pirneskoski has asked the occupational safety authorities
to come and study working conditions at the mill. It is their task to judge whether the
employer has breached the occupational safety law, he says.
Source: Ahjo 21-2009