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Border guards' strike resumes, talks continue
Talks set to continue
A strike by personnel of Finland’s Frontier Guard began at noon Tuesday. Discussions between the Frontier Guard and the Guards’ Union stalled late Monday over differences concerning strike limits during the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in July and August.
The one-month strike initially focuses on the monitoring of the southern part of the land border between Finland and Russia. International border crossings are to operate normally. Later, the scope of the strike is to expand, eventually extending to Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport and the Port of Helsinki.
Efforts to reach a settlement continue on Tuesday afternoon.
On Monday, the union side presented a settlement proposal to the dispute. The Frontier Guard said that it would not discuss the proposal until detailed agreement is reached on the strike limits for the late summer.
The proposal put forward by the union is similar in many respects to the one put forward by National Conciliator Juhani Salonius, which the union had rejected.
The main negotiator for the Frontier Guard, Commodore Matti Möttönen said that the negotiation situation is better than ever before during the dispute.