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Finnish lockout ongoing


June 6, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

A rejected proposal is perpetuating the lockout at all Finnish pulp and paper mills. The Finnish Paperworkers’ Unio…

A rejected proposal is perpetuating the lockout at all Finnish pulp and paper mills. The Finnish Paperworkers’ Union repudiated the National Conciliator’s proposal for a settlement in the labour market dispute, and as a result, member companies of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation are continuing the lockout. The Federation would have accepted the proposal.

The proposal would have brought employees more than 6% in wage increases over a three-year period. An additional 1,600 in wages with an 11 hours’ decrease in working time to compensate the work at Christmas and Midsummer were also rejected.

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The lockout can continue until June 29th, 2005. It will be cancelled when the parties reach a settlement. Negotiations are scheduled to continue on Monday, June 13th and will be led by the National Conciliator.


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