The Paper Workers’ Union announced that it would continue its strike at several UPM factories in Finland
(UPM, Helsinki, Jan. 5, 2022, 3:20 p.m. EET) – The Finnish Paperworkers’ Union has issued a new strike announcement at UPM, declaring that its strike at UPM’s Finnish factories will be extended by two weeks until until February 5, 2022, unless new agreements are reached before that. The strike by the Paper Workers’ Union at UPM Pulp, UPM Biofuels, UPM Communication Papers, UPM Specialty Papers and UPM Raflatac in Finland began on January 1, 2022.
“If the members of the Paperworkers’ Union want to continue the strike, of course they have every right to do so. UPM’s goal continues to be to initiate company-specific negotiations with the union as soon as possible. Negotiations are the only way to go. It is important that the negotiations of new agreements begin with a forward-looking mindset and the determination to find the best solution for each company and its staff “says Jyrki Hollmen, Vice-President, Labor Markets at UPM.
Just before the strike began, UPM received an email proposal from the Paperworkers’ Union for a new collective labor agreement, without any prior negotiation contact. The proposal was virtually the same old collective agreement, which expired at the end of 2021. UPM, however, aims to have real interactive negotiations on the new working conditions.
What is exceptional about the Paperworkers’ Union strike announcements is that tasks essential to society were not excluded from the strike. Even though negotiations had not even started, the union announced in the fall that during possible strikes, tasks critical to the company can only be carried out under the old agreement. “The exceptional procedure indicates that Paperworkers’ Union is using essential company tasks like a Trojan horse, trying to bind UPM to the expired agreement by any means possible,” Hollmén said.
Long before the strike, UPM announced fixed-term extra compensation for those who come to work in factories and do extra work because of the strike. With this initiative, UPM wanted to ensure that salaries are not a reason for an employee to refrain from performing tasks essential to the company. UPM’s goal is to minimize the effects of strikes on outside parties.
UPM will serve its customers from its factories outside of Finland to the extent possible. At this point, UPM is not disclosing any estimates of the economic impacts of the strikes.
For more information, please contact:
Jyrki Hollmén, Vice-President, Labor Markets, UPM, tel. +358 2041 50051
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