Finavia recommends passengers to arrive in good time at the Helsinki Airport during the following three days. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The work stoppage of security guards began on Wednesday, midnight. The strike is to end on Friday.

The biggest impact of the strike will show at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport, where according to Finavia—the company responsible for maintaing the airports—the work stoppage will cause congestion at security control points. “We request that passengers be prepared to queue and arrive at the airport in good time. Priority security control in Terminal 1 is not in use during the strike but passengers can use the Priority security control at Terminal 2. It is also important that passengers follow the information provided by the airline they are flying with,” Finavia said in a bulletin.

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According to Ari Kumara, security manager at Finavia, “we will make every effort possible to minimize the impact of the strike.” “For example, we are working in close cooperation with authorities to ensure a high level of security at airports.”

According to the government-owned railway company VR, many railway stations around the country will be closed but the railway platforms will be open as normal. No delays are expected in the train schedules. The following railway stations will be open:


  • Helsinki
  • Tampere
  • Jyväskylä
  • Turku
  • Rovaniemi
  • Kolari
  • Kemijärvi
  • Kuopio
  • Seinäjoki
  • Oulu 
  • Tikkurila
  • Järvenpää 
  • Hyvinkää
  • Kouvola

According to the Helsinki Regional Transport Authority HSL, the strike will impact guarding of local trains and busses. The security guards at metro and tram services will be working normally.

Because of the work stoppage, ticket inspectors will frequent the local trains and buses more than usual.

FAILED NEGOTIATIONS

The work stoppage of security guards began because of failed negotiations of wages. Collective agreement negotiations for the security guarding sector have been going on since the spring between Service Union United PAM and Service Sector Employers Palta. 

The parties had reached an understanding on the cost impact of pay increases. Now the disagreement is mainly about how the increases will be allocated.

The collective agreement for the security guarding sector covers around 8,500 employees working as, for example, security guards, security inspectors, janitors or cash in transit drivers.