Today some 300,000 workers and trade union members all over Finland participated the demonstration against the Finnish Governments attack on trade unions and collective bargaining at the Helsinki Railway Station Square Â
The message was clear. Trade unions in Finland will not tolerate compulsory legislation that disallows unions toÂ collectively agree on better working conditions. The Governmentâ€™sÂ unilateral decisions to weaken employeesâ€™ terms of employment got an unanimous â€śNo way!â€ť.
Finnish national trade unions are willing to negotiate about measures to help Finnish national competitiveness.
Workers around Finland who gathered today in Helsinki said, that the Governmentâ€™s proposal will hit hardest those who are already in the worse situation in working life â€“ lower paid and women in public sector. The suggested measures are too hard and targeted wrongly.
Governmentâ€™s initiative to make changes in labour legislation so that collective agreements would not be able to go over legislation, are against international fundamental labour rights. Trade unions will not agree toÂ this.
Â Finnish trade unions recieved solidarity messages from all over the world. This solidarity was widely publicisedÂ in Helsinki and over 30Â 000 participants welcomed this with huge applause.
Thank you for your solidarity â€“ fight has only just started.
The social media hash tag of the employee demonstration is #STOP.