Finnish road transport strike ends

  • 2010-03-05
  • Helsinki Times

The Finnish Transport Workers' Union and the Employers' Federation of Road Transport (ALT) approved a settlement proposal on Wednesday 3 March, ending a bus, coach and lorry drivers' strike that began Tuesday evening.

The strike left much of the country's public transport and road haulage crippled. An estimated two-thirds of coaches have been cancelled, with bus services severely affected as well.

Having accepted the proposal put forward by Esa Lonka, the government's labour market conciliator, both sides said services would begin to be restored on Thursday.

The union said it was unhappy with the rises included in the deal, with the employers saying the new pay and conditions agreement carried a hefty pricetag.


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