4 Mar 2010

10,000 drivers walk out in "strike-prone" Finland

Finnish transport workers began a strike on Tuesday that halted most bus and heavy truck traffic, stranding commuters and disrupting goods deliveries in the Nordic country.
About 10,000 drivers walked off the job at 6 p.m. local time after rejecting a mediation proposal, the Finnish Transport Workers’ Union said. No date is set for talks in the dispute over pay increases and employment terms.
Finland is one of the most strike-prone countries in Europe, lagging behind only Spain, France and Italy, according to the European Union’s statistics office. Strikes cost Finland an average 71 working days per 1000 workers each year from 2000 to 2007, compared with 137 for Spain and 83 for Italy. Neighboring Sweden lost just 20 days a year.

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