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The strikes declared by the Finnish Paper Workers’ Union begin on Monday morning after failed negotiations with the Finnish Forest Industries Federation. The strikes began at 06:00 or 07:00 in the morning and will last till February 10. Unless an agreement is found, the paper workers’ union will continue with extended strikes beginning of February, which will last until February 17.

The strikes are supported by the Industrial Union and the Trade Union Pro and in total target 110 factories and companies. The strikes include about 9,000 members of the Finnish Paper Workers’ Union and over 6,000 employers who are members of the Industrial Union.

The Finnish Paper Worker’s Union wants to abolish the contract of the so-called kiky (kilpailukykysopimus / competitiveness agreement) hours, which increase the annual working time by 24 hours but the forest industry would like to keep the contract intact. The kiky benefit for the employer amount to about 10 million euros a year.

“This benefit is what the employers want, even if the costs for the strike total to about one billion euros,” the paper union says in a statement.

Here’s a calculation of the losses during the 14-day strike, according to the Statistics of Finland:

Production losses of the entire forest industry could amount to nearly one billion euros during the 14-day strike. The mechanical forest industry strikes could lead to losses of approximately 270 euros million and strikes at the paper, paperboard and pulp factories to losses of approximately 640 million euros.

(The estimates are based on Statistic Finland’s information concerning the value of the industry’s gross production in 2018 on the prevalence of economic good times.)

A two-week strike could cause a loss of about 500 million euros in export earnings. Paper and paperboard products are the most significant export products of Finland, and the overall value of the forest industry export is, based on the statistics of the customs, more than 13 billion euros per year.

According to the forest federation, “the strikes would also cause tax losses for the entire society. The direct tax revenue generated by the forest industry in two weeks is approximately 47 million euros. More losses would be created throughout the value chain since the strike would have an impact on the entire forest sector from timber sales to transports.”

Here’s a list of companies affected by the strikes:

Metsä Board Joutseno

Metsä Board Kaskinen

Metsä Board Kemi

Metsä Board Kyro

Metsä Board Simpele

Metsä Board Tako

Metsä Board Äänekoski

Metsä Fibre Joutsenon sellutehdas

Metsä Fibre Kemin sellutehdas

Metsä Fibre Rauman sellutehdas

Metsä Fibre Äänekosken biotuotetehdas

Metsä Tissue Mänttä

Oy Botnia Mill Service Ab Joutseno

Oy Botnia Mill Service Ab Kemi

Oy Botnia Mill Service Ab Rauma

Oy Botnia Mill Service Ab Äänekoski

Stora Enso Anjala Mill Kartonki

Stora Enso Anjala Mill Paperi

Stora Enso Biomaterials Sunila Pulp Mill

Stora Enso Enocellin tehdas Uimaharju

Stora Enso Heinola Flutingtehdas

Stora Enso Imatran tehtaat / Kaukopää

Stora Enso Imatran tehtaat / Tainionkoski

Stora Enso Metsä

Stora Enso Oulu Oy

Stora Enso Packaging Kristiinankaupunki

Stora Enso Packaging Oy Lahti

Stora Enso Varkauden tehtaat

Stora Enso Veitsiluoto Oy

Efora Oy Heinola

Efora Oy Imatra

Efora Oy Kemi

Efora Oy Oulu

Efora Oy Sunila

Efora Oy Uimaharju

Efora Oy Varkaus

UPM Jokilaakson tehtaat Jämsänkoski

UPM Jokilaakson tehtaat Kaipola

UPM Kaukaan sellutehdas

UPM Kaukas paperitehdas

UPM Kymi paperitehdas

UPM Kymin sellutehdas

UPM Pietarsaaren sellutehdas

UPM Raflatac Tampere

UPM Rauma

UPM Raumacell

UPM Tervasaari

Adara Pakkaus Oy Valkeakoski

BillerudKorsnäs Finland Oy Pietarsaari

Corenso United Oy Ltd Imatran tehdas

Corenso United Oy Ltd Loviisa

Corenso United Oy Ltd Pori

DS Smith Packaging Finland Oy Nummela

DS Smith Packaging Finland Oy Tampere

Jujo Thermal Oy Kauttua

Omya Oy Veitsiluoto

Oy Essity Finland Ab Nokia

Pankakoski Mill Oy

Sappi Finland I Oy Kirkniemi

Schaefer Kalk Finland Oy Kouvola

Sonoco-Alcore Oy Kotka

Tervakoski Oy

Valmet Kauttua Oy

Caverion Suomi Oy Pankakoski

CP Kelco Oy Äänekoski

Empower Oyj Lahti

Insta Automation Oy Tampere

Kemira Chemicals Oy Kouvola

 Lakko 10.-17.2.2020

Metsä Board Joutseno

Metsä Board Kaskinen

Metsä Board Kemi

Metsä Board Kyro

Metsä Board Simpele

Metsä Board Tako

Metsä Board Äänekoski

Metsä Fibre Joutsenon sellutehdas (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

Metsä Fibre Kemin sellutehdas

Metsä Fibre Rauman sellutehdas (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

Metsä Fibre Äänekosken biotuotetehdas (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

Metsä Tissue Mänttä

Oy Botnia Mill Service Ab Joutseno (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

Oy Botnia Mill Service Ab Kemi

Oy Botnia Mill Service Ab Rauma (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

Oy Botnia Mill Service Ab Äänekoski (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

Stora Enso Anjala Mill Kartonki

Stora Enso Anjala Mill Paperi

Stora Enso Biomaterials Sunila Pulp Mill (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

Stora Enso Enocellin tehdas Uimaharju (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

Stora Enso Heinola Flutingtehdas

Stora Enso Imatran tehtaat / Kaukopää

Stora Enso Imatran tehtaat / Tainionkoski

Stora Enso Metsä (Sunila/Kotka, työsulku 10.-12.2.)

Stora Enso Oulu Oy

Stora Enso Packaging Kristiinankaupunki

Stora Enso Packaging Oy Lahti

Stora Enso Varkauden tehtaat

Stora Enso Veitsiluoto Oy (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

Efora Oy Heinola

Efora Oy Imatra

Efora Oy Kemi (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

Efora Oy Oulu

Efora Oy Sunila (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

Efora Oy Uimaharju (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

Efora Oy Varkaus

UPM Jokilaakson tehtaat Jämsänkoski (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

UPM Jokilaakson tehtaat Kaipola (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

UPM Kaukaan sellutehdas (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

UPM Kaukas paperitehdas

UPM Kymi paperitehdas

UPM Kymin sellutehdas

UPM Pietarsaaren sellutehdas

UPM Raflatac Tampere

UPM Rauma (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

UPM Raumacell (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

UPM Tervasaari

UPM Lappeenrannan biojalostamo

Adara Pakkaus Oy Valkeakoski

BillerudKorsnäs Finland Oy Pietarsaari

Corenso United Oy Ltd Imatran tehdas

Corenso United Oy Ltd Loviisa (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

Corenso United Oy Ltd Pori

Dongwha Finland Oy

DS Smith Packaging Finland Oy Nummela

DS Smith Packaging Finland Oy Tampere

Jujo Thermal Oy Kauttua

Kotkamills Absorbex Oy

Kotkamills Oy

Mondi Powerflute Oy Kuopio

Omya Oy Veitsiluoto

Oy Essity Finland Ab Nokia

Pankakoski Mill Oy

Sappi Finland I Oy Kirkniemi (työsulku 10.-12.2.)

Schaefer Kalk Finland Oy Kouvola

Sonoco-Alcore Oy Kotka

Tervakoski Oy

Valmet Kauttua Oy

Caverion Suomi Oy Pankakoski

CP Kelco Oy Äänekoski

Empower Oyj Lahti

Insta Automation Oy Tampere

Kemira Chemicals Oy Kouvola

Kraton Chemical Oy Oulu

Maintpartner Oy Oulu

Nouryon Finland Oy Oulu

Solvay Chemicals Finland Oy Voikkaa

Synthomer Finland Oy Oulu

Walki Oy Pietarsaari

Walki Oy Valkeakoski

Editorial Team