Strikes at Finnish ports come to end after Finnish Transport Workers' Union, port operators settle on new collective agreement; Finnish paper, board manufacturers including Metsa, Stora Enso, UPM took downtime, furloughed workers due to strike

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March 3, 2023 (press release) –

AKT and Port operators reached an agreement on the stevedoring industry's collective agreement. The two-week industrial struggle of the stevedores is coming to an end.

The collective agreement negotiated by the Automotive and Transport Workers Union AKT and Port operators expired at the end of January. The TES negotiations were accelerated at the beginning with the ban on overtime for crammed work. 

Mediator Leo Suomaa's first settlement proposal was received on February 14. Because it had to be rejected as insufficient, the strike in the stevedoring industry began on 15.2. in Finnish ports. 
Also on 19.2. the second settlement proposal received had to be rejected. The negotiations have continued to be close and the effects of the strike have been felt during it.

The result of the negotiations between AKT and the Port Operators regarding the collective agreement came about today, March 1st, and it was discussed both in the AKT port division and in the AKT board. The result was accepted unanimously.

The length of the collective agreement is 25 months, ending on February 28, 2025. The wage-increasing effect for the contract period is a total of 6.3%. In addition, 10.3. a delay compensation of 1100 euros is paid. For part-time employees, the installment is paid in proportion to the working time. In addition, it was agreed on the local agreement on the 10-hour working time format and the working group on overcrowding on night ships. 

- At AKT, we are satisfied with both the signed collective agreement and the end of the labor dispute. The round has been difficult because the negotiations have included an exceptionally large number of external factors. From the beginning, we have negotiated our own starting points, taking into account the interests of our own members. That's what was done now as well, AKT chairman Ismo Kokko states.

The resulting agreement ends all industrial action immediately and we will return to work as soon as possible, but no later than 4.3. to the starting normal work shift. 

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