Turkish electricians returned home
Helsinki (22.11.2010 - Juhani Artto) In late September we reported on
suspicions that Turkish electricians are not being properly paid for
building a new 400 kV transmission line in Southern Ostrobothnia
These suspicions had been voiced by The Electrical Workers' Union.
Soon after that Sauli Väntti, who is responsible for the union's work in the
energy and ICT sectors, visited the work site of the Turkish company
Internationale Freileitungsmontage (IFM) to gather information on
working conditions. A week later - without any explanations - the 33 Turkish
electricians returned home.
We can only speculate why the workers left the country so abruptly, Paavo
Holi, the editor of the union's magazine Vasama, writes in its latest issue.
As a possible motive, the Finnish contractor Fingrid has hinted at the
negative publicity the project had received. The work is now continuing
using Finnish electricians, Vasama tells.
"Probably the visit of the union representative made the Turkish company
fear that the real working conditions would be exposed. A company operating
honestly would scarcely have given up a good project as it would have been
able to prove that the working conditions respect Finnish legislation and
the collective agreement", Holi writes.