Eminence Business Media

Eminence Business Media

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Employees strike at UPM ended..

The salaried employees’ two-week strike, which started in UPM’s operations in Finland from 6 April has ended on a good note albeit, without a resolution. Around 1,000 salaried employees working, among others, within production, supply chain, finance and HR participated in the strike. The Finnish Forest Industries Federation and the trade union Pro continued their negotiations led by the National Conciliator yesterday without a resolution. The negotiations will continue again on Tuesday 26 April.

"The cost impact of the strike was around one million euros, which is smaller than anticipated. Thanks to large special arrangements and the flexibility of other employees we managed to secure our customer deliveries and keep production lines running except one paper machine at our Tervasaari mill. Unfortunately, resulting from the strike, delays in UPM’s payment traffic will continue for weeks," says Jyrki Ovaska, President of UPM’s Paper Business Group.

Pro has announced that it is expanding the salaried paper industry employees’ strike to Stora Enso, Metsäliitto and Myllykoski Paper for a two-week period starting on Wednesday 27 April. The planned strike does not include UPM.