A political strike planned for Friday by a number of trade unions is growing. Rail traffic will be suspended nationwide from 6am to 6pm, states Risto Elonen, the board chairman at the Locomotive Drivers' Union (VML). “This is a message to Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) that the one-sided changes to employment are simply unacceptable from the viewpoint of trade unions,” he says.
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Friday's strike set to halt all rail traffic
The demonstration is set to begin at 11am in Helsinki and halt practically all public transport in the city, says Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors (JHL).