Sympathy strikes affect flights, ferries in Finland

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-26 02:02:09|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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HELSINKI, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of flights and ship calls to and from Finland were canceled on Monday as the country's transport sector workers launched sympathy strikes in support of the ongoing national postal workers' strike. And further actions are planned.

On Monday, national carrier Finnair canceled some 300 flights but was able to operate about one hundred. Support action by air transport workers was to end on Tuesday morning. Nevertheless, Finnair announced cancelations for Tuesday due to the strike's impact on aircraft availability.

From Monday, cargo and passenger ships sailing under the Finnish flag would remain in port under support action announced by the Finnish Seafarers' Union. The Finnish Transport Workers' Union announced that stevedores and other harbor workers would join the strike from Thursday to Saturday. The action would close the country's ports completely.

The Finnish Railway Union said on Monday that if postal workers and employers fail to agree on a way forward, clerical workers employed by the state-owned rail company VR and Traffic Management Finland (Finrail), another state-owned firm, will embark on a 24-hour sympathy strike starting Nov. 29.

It also said that commuter train operators in southern Finland would be on strike on Dec. 2 and national long-haul passenger services will stop operating on Dec. 3.

Meanwhile, media reports said that behind-the-scenes talks to find a solution were intensifying.

Postal workers in Finland have staged a four-week strike starting from Nov. 11 to Dec. 8 with 9,000 workers involved, as the state-owned post service company decided in September to reduce some 700 postal workers' salaries by 30 percent.