Almost 3,000 TeliaSonera salaried employees set to initiate strike
Although up to 300 jobs are under threat, measures to soften the impact of
losing one's job in Finland, are not as effective as in Sweden.
Salaried employees at the teleoperator, TeliaSonera Finland (TSF) will begin
their second strike in April in response to the company's plan to cut up to
300 jobs. An open-ended overtime ban, covering the entire TSF, has been
effective as of Thursday morning.
The strike begins on April 18 at 6 a.m. and will last for four days.
Salaried employees at all 16 TSF units around the country will be out on
strike. So, Helsinki, Imatra, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kouvola, Kuopio,
Kuusamo, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Loimaa, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Tampere, Turku,
Vaajakoski and Vaasa will all see industrial action in the coming week.
And, additionally, over 250 salaried employees of TSF's subcontractors and
companies providing TSF with agency labour will join the strike. These
companies are GoExcellent, Manpower Business Solutions, Staffpoint and
Riku Vesapuisto, the deputy shop steward of TSF's salaried employees,
considers the plan to cut up to 300 jobs as excessive. The employer is in
breach of the legislation in its efforts to force salaried employees to
reapply for their jobs in connection with tasks being transferred from one
location to another, Vesapuisto says.
According to the trade union Pro, TSF has rebuffed a proposal to offer its
salaried employees in Finland, who may lose their jobs, similar measures to
meet the change as the company offers in Sweden. This proposal has been made
during the mandatory joint consultation. The company's attitude threatens to
leave employees who stand to lose their jobs in Finland worse off than those
who lose their jobs in Sweden.
The strike will not affect vote counting
Consumers will clearly feel the effect of the strike as no new
connections will be opened to customers and faults will not be repaired.
Callers announcing connection faults will not get a reply.
However, the strike will not influence the functioning of the emergency
number 112. Also the connections used in the vote counting of the April 17
Parliamentary elections will not be affected.
The employer association reprimands TSF
The earlier strike initiated by the TSF salaried employees was organized in
early April. At that time the service sector employer association Palta
reprimanded TSF for giving notice to those participating in a strike
organized by a trade union. According to the Employment Contracts Act, a
company does not have such a
Else-Mai Kirvesniemi, the head of Pro's legal unit, is at pains to point out
that any possible consequences of a strike can only be targeted on the
union, not on individual employees. And again, the strike, due to begin on
April 18 has been approved and organized by the trade union Pro.