Paper Union Decisions
Workers in the paper industry started an overtime work ban this morning at 06:00. Union officials will meet today to discuss the lack of progress in labour market negotiations on a collective agreement for workers. The talks had stalled, after the Finnish Forest Industry Federation offered them a zero pay rise. The previous collective agreement expired at the end of September for paper industry workers, and union officials have said the zero wage increase offer had left them “in total dismay”.
The Nordic Council held it’s 69th session in Helsinki this week, bringing together parliamentarians, Prime Ministers and policy experts from across the region. But how relevant is the organisation, and can it act as a positive institution for people in the Nordic region, or is it just another talking shop? Read more about events this week; what works well for the organisation; the trouble with too much red tape; and the future of the Nordic Council, in our original story.
President Niinistö Visits Åland
President Sauli Niinistö will be visiting Mariehamn in Åland today, as part of his ongoing tour of the country to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence. He will open the Åland provincial assembly session this morning, and hold talks about current issues with party representatives. Later, he will take part in a debate organised by local students, and also hold a meet-and-greet with Ålanders. Niinistö is running for a second terms as president, the first round of election voting takes place in January.
Finnish tennis player Henri Kontinen, and his doubles partner Australian John Peers have mate it through to the quarter finals of the Paris ATP tournament, by beating US pair Nicholas Monroe and Jack Sock 7-6, 6-2. In the quarter finals, Kontinen and Peers will meet Croat Ivan Dodig and Spaniard Marcel Granollers.
Friday Morning Weather
It’s a milder start to Friday morning across virtually the whole country this morning, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. In the south and the capital city region, expect partly cloudy conditions with temperatures just above zero. In central and eastern Finland expect some sunshine, but also the chance of snow flurries. While in Lapland the temperature really warmed up! The lowest it will get as Friday morning starts is -6°C, a lot better than record cold temperature low of -22°C that Sodankylä woke up to earlier this week!