The strike is scheduled to begin at 03:00 on Wednesday morning. It will end 10 days after on March 10.

The bus drivers’ strike will shut down most bus services in the Helsinki region beginning on Wednesday. Photograph: TONY ÖHBERG/FINLAND TODAY

The negotiations between the Finnish Transport Workers’ Union (AKT) and the Employers’ Federation of Road Transport (ALT) have failed. This will affect most public bus services across the country.

The strike is scheduled to begin at 03:00 on Wednesday morning. It will end 10 days after on March 10.

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The major problem in the failed negotiations was, according to the chairman of AKT, Ismo Kokko, “the inhuman conditions related to the working days of the bus drivers.” “It was not about the money,” he said in a statement. Many times the bus drivers will drive as much as 5.5 hours continuously without a break or even access to the toilet. This is what the union wants to change.

According to the Finnish Transport Worker’s Union, union members at the following companies will strike in the Helsinki region:

Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy:

buses 23, 23N, 63, 69, 70, 92, 94, 95, 97, 98, 111, 113, 114, 311, 400, 415N, 431, 433, 434, 436N, 443, 445, 518, 550, 560, 570, 571, 574, 576, 587, 588, 600, 614, 617, 619, 623, 624, 631, 633, 711, 717, 718, 721, 724, 731, 734, 735, 736, 737 and 739.

Nobina Oy/ Nobina Finland West Oy / Nobina Finland South Oy:

buses 20, 24, 25, 30, 37, 40, 41, 42, 52, 53, 56, 57, 71, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87N, 88, 89, 112, 118, 121, 125, 134, 136, 145, 158, 159, 164, 165, 200, 212, 213, 231N, 243, 244, 245, 246, 300, 321, 335, 345, 348,  349, 431N, 502, 510, 532, 533, 543, 548, 549, 553, 561, 562, 566, 572, 582, 712.

Oy Pohjolan Liikenne Ab:

buses 55, 59, 61, 64, 65, 66, 67, 75, 77, 104, 108N, 115, 124, 133, 146N, 147, 162, 163, 171, 172, 173, 175, 181, 182, 201B, 202, 203, 214, 215, 224, 227, 236, 239, 500, 522, 531, 542, 555, 565, 641, 642, 643, 665, 738, 785, 831, 841, 842, 843, 901, 902, 903, 904, 906, 907, 908, 909, 911, 963, 972, 973, 975, 976, 977, 978, 982, 984, 985, 986, 987, 989, 992, 993, 994, 995.

Savonlinja Oy

buses 73, 74, 79B, 506, 611.

The following bus services will be operated as usual:

Tammelundin Liikenne Oy, Åbergin Linja Oy, Taksikuljetus Oy, Nurmijärven Linja Oy, V-S Bussipalvelut Oy, Harri Vuolle Oy, Bus Travel Oy, Reissu Ruoti and Tilausliikenne Nikkanen.

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