Strikes | AKT joins the strikes – the strike closes the ports and affects bus traffic

Car- and the Transport Workers’ Union (AKT) said on Monday that bus drivers and maintenance repair shop staff will participate in a political strike on Wednesday and Thursday the 14th and 15th. February.

“The strike affects bus traffic and closes the ports. In total, the AKT strike affects approximately 10,000 employees. The reason for the strikes is the government’s extensive weakening of working life,” says AKT in the press release.

ACP’s demand is that Petteri Orpon (kok) the government must start proper negotiations on plans to weaken working life in a tripartite manner with employees and employers.

AKT says that it has left notices of political strikes to employers.

The stevedores participate in strikes from Wednesday to Friday, which practically stops the operations of the ports.

Bus drivers and maintenance repair shop staff are on strike on Wednesday and Thursday. This has a wide impact on bus traffic both in local traffic and on long-distance routes.

For example The planned reductions in unemployment security are severe, AKT calculates.

“If someone earning 3,000 euros per month remains unemployed, the gradation of unemployment insurance will reduce the earnings-related benefit by 346 euros per month after two months, and 432 euros per month after eight months. If there are three dependent children, the unemployment insurance will drop by another 285 euros per month compared to the current level. And we’re not talking about housing allowance here yet”, AKT chairman Ismo Kokko says in the announcement.

“The merit-based one will be scrapped. A valid reason is sufficient for dismissal, and it is uncertain how a small act is sufficient for dismissal. Sickness pays when the first day of sick leave is unpaid. Time limits can be made without reasons. Local bargaining threatens to become local coercion under the guise of undermining working conditions and collective agreements,” AKT lists.

Labor struggle work tasks, the failure of which would cause a danger to people’s lives, health or property, are limited to the outside.

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