Finnish dockworkers block UPM deliveries in support of strike

HELSINKI, January 24 (Reuters)Dockworkers began a blockade of forestry group UPM on Monday UPM.HE paper and pulp deliveries in Finnish ports, as the Finnish transport workers’ union AKT warned on Sunday.

The blockade aims to support paper workers and electricians who have been on strike since January 1 to demand a company-wide collective agreement with UPM.

“It will last as long as necessary, that is until the paper workers’ union and UPM reach an agreement,” Ismo Kokko, president of the transport workers’ union, told Reuters.

Instead of a common agreement, UPM has offered separate agreements for all companies and has already signed collective agreements with its plywood and timber divisions.

The papermakers’ union last Thursday widened the strike that shut down UPM’s paper, pulp and biofuel mills until February 19.

Inderes analyst Antti Viljakainen told Reuters he estimated the strike negatively impacted UPM’s operating profit by 15 to 20 million euros per week.

(Reporting by Essi Lehto; editing by David Evans)

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