CANCELED: Monday train strike called off at the eleventh hour

The industrial action will affect train schedules for the whole of Monday in and around Helsinki.

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File picture of VR train at Helsinki Central Railway Station / Credit: News Now Finland

A planned train strike by rail unions for Monday morning in the capital city region has been called off at the 11th hour.

The four hour strike would have impacted all local HSL train services, and a number of local VR services, with warnings there would be delays throughout the day.

However on Sunday night VR said they’re reached a deal with the Union of Railworkers RAU to continue negotiations, and stop industrial action.

What was the reason for the strike threat? 

The reason for the strike threat is a proposed change to the way drivers who want to do extra shifts to cover sick leave or holidays are notified about where to go and what time to start.

At present the drivers are informed by text message or phone call direct from VR, but in future they’ll have to use a special app to find out the information on where they’ll be filling in.

The union says this amounts to staff having to use VR equipment even on their days off, without getting paid for it – a possible breach of the terms of their collective bargaining agreement.