Morning headlines: Wednesday 10th October 2018

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HKScan axes 165 jobs around Finland

Finnish meat producer and food company HKScan says it’s cutting 165 jobs after negotiations with unions over the summer. The lay-offs will impact employees at locations in Vantaa, Forssa, Mikkeli, Paimio and Outokumpu, in a bid to cut costs and save up to €7m annually. “We got plenty of valuable insights and suggestions from the employee teams reviewing the rationalisation needs. We will continue the collaboration in the spirit of continuous improvement” says Sami Sivuranta, an executive vice president at HKScan. The job cuts are part of an overall plan to save €40m each year from 2020 onwards.

EU’s foreign minister in Helsinki for talks

The European Union’s High Representative Federica Mogherini is in Helsinki today for talks with Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre). The Italian politician acts as the EU’s foreign minister, and on the agenda today will be EU defence, promoting cooperation to combat hybrid threats, migration and Finland’s preparations for taking over the EU presidency in July 2019, according to a statement. Mogherini will also be going to Tampere to receive an honorary degree from the University of Tampere.

Soldiers of Odin member convicted of assault

A member of the Soldiers of Odin right wing group has been sentenced to 80 days in prison for assaulting an immigrant. The incident happened at a shopping centre in Hyvinkää back in December 2016, but just made it to the District Court this week. Tensions had become inflamed a few days before the assault, when the Soldiers of Odin member filmed the victim participating in what he says was a drug deal. Friends had to stop the two fighting over the filming. However, two days later the pair confronted each other again, when the immigrant was shoved, kicked, and hit several times in the head and body. The Soldiers of Odin member denies being there at the time, and his girlfriend gave him an alibi. But he was caught on security camera and recognised by a police officer.

Seiska editor quits over ‘inappropriate’ allegations

Journalisti magazine says that complaints from staffers were the reason for the sudden departure of Seiska tabloid newspaper editor-in-chief Joni Soila. Soila quit unexpectedly from the Aller Media-owned yellow top publication on Monday, but at the time gave no reason for his resignation. Now, Journalisti magazine says there were long-standing complaints from members of staff against Soila, over inappropriate behaviour and alcohol use during working hours. The complaints came to the surface as Aller Media started negotiations with unions to axe up to 20 people from the tabloid publication. So far neither Aller Media nor Soila have commented on the story, which has been widely reported in the Finnish media.

Stockmann’s ‘Crazy Days’ begins

It’s a ritual for many people in Finland, and a huge sales drive for the department store! Stockmann’s twice-yearly ‘Crazy Days’ event gets underway today, and lasts until Sunday. It’s a shopping tradition for Stockmann that started more than 30 years ago. “For loyal Stockmann customers the Crazy Days are a sign of continuity and tradition, which is good for Stockmann now that there are huge changes happening in the organization” Essi Pöyry from Helsinki University’s Consumer Society Research Centre told News Now Finland last year. Read more about Crazy Days, the strategy behind it, and how important it is for the company at our original story here.

Wednesday morning weather

It’s another mild start to Wednesday morning with temperatures across the southern part of the country already hitting +12°C. There’s cloud cover in the south, but a lot more sunshine the further north you travel, although the temperature falls in the north as well. The mercury dips below zero in north west Lapland, with temperatures in general ranging from -1°C to +12°C this morning.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Wednesday morning 10th October 2018 / Credit: FMI