PAM warns of strike at
Helsinki (18.02.2011 - Juhani Artto) The Service Union United PAM has
declared a three-day strike, to begin on Wednesday 2 March, at the security
company Securitas. The strike is in protest against the company's deliberate
action, which the union claims is designed to complicate collective
bargaining negotiations which are underway in the security industry. The
previous collective agreement for the industry expired on 31 January 2011.
"The company has interrogated and put pressure on employees and shop
stewards who have participated in industrial action. Securitas has also
sent its employees a message where it urges them to leave PAM and to
search for an alternative to it", explains Ann Selin, the President of PAM.
PAM regards this as a brutal attack on employees' right to organize and
freely choose their union. According to PAM other security companies have
not behaved in the same manner as Securitas and do not have any plans to do
To speed up the collective bargaining PAM has declared an overtime ban for
the entire security industry. The ban became effective on Wednesday 16
February. The major disagreement in the negotiations has concerned issues
related to how the pay system should be reformed.