Katri Kulmuni, the chairwoman of the Centre Party and the minister of economic affairs, arriving at the meeting of the party board at Apollonkatu in Helsinki on December 2, 2019. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The destiny of Prime Minister Antti Rinne (the SDP) is at stake.

But they couldn’t reach a decision yet.

After a meeting of the parliamentary group of the Centre Party that lasted about two and a half hours late on Monday afternoon, the group couldn’t find a mutual agreement on “do they trust Prime Minister Rinne enough to let him continue as the prime minister.”

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Last weekend, the party chairs summoned to a crisis meeting to hear it from Rinne what happened behind the curtains in the so-called Posti-gate, also known as the Posti-mess.

With the exception of the Centre Party, the other party chairs (the Green League, the Left Alliance, the SPP) have in various sources said that there’s enough trust to continue with the current coalition, Rinne as the prime minister.

The political turmoil is based on the aftermath of the resignation of the former minister of local government and ownership steering, Sirpa Paatero (the SDP). Paatero resigned last Friday during a phone call where Rinne expressed his dissatisfaction with how Paatero, according to Rinne, “had not been explicit enough” in preventing Posti’s attempts to weaken the workers’ collective agreement.

The fact is that 700 package sorters were transferred to a labor agreement with weaker and cheaper terms under the government’s ownership steering.

This escalated the postal strike (which began on November 11) and ignited support strikes threatening the industry, trains and public transport. The postal strike and its supporting strikes ended on November 27.

The Centre Party is now pondering on has Rinne told the truth and nothing but the truth in matters related to Posti. Especially in the matters relating to plans on weakening the labor agreement.

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Rinne himself has said previously that he doesn’t accept any salary cuts of workers in a government-owned company.

Now the Centre Party, which is the second-largest party in Rinne’s government, is at their party board meeting, seeking a mutual understanding.

Can Antti Rinne continue as the prime minister?