Morning headlines: Thursday 14th November 2019

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Minister warns Posti to stop hiring strike-busting labour

Finland’s Minister for State Ownership Sirpa Paatero has urged Posti to stop hiring temporary workers during the ongoing industrial action by postal workers. The warning comes after the PAU union claimed Posti had hired extra staff to cover gaps created by striking workers. Posti denies the claim but the government will discuss the issue with Posti management on Thursday. Meanwhile other unions like the Union of Railway Workers could make a decision today to join the strike, which was called after Posti decided to shift the collective bargaining agreements of 700 parcel workers from one union to another, leading to pay cuts of up to 50% for some of those staff. Negotiations aimed at resolving the dispute will continue on Friday.

Next steps announced for Sámi reconciliation process

Moves to establish an official ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ to look at the relationship between the Finnish State and the Sámi people is progressing – albeit slowly. The government decided on Wednesday evening to appoint a five-person commission with a task to investigate and learn lessons from history. The committee would operate impartially and independently. The mandate for the commission was prepared in cooperation with the Sámi Parliament and the Skolt Village Assembly. The appointment process to choose the five commission members will begin after those bodies have discussed the issue.

Ruling expected in Finland human rights case

The European Court of Human Rights is expected to rule today on the case of an Iraqi man who was denied asylum in Finland, then returned to his home country and killed shortly after. The case was taken to the court by the man’s daughter. The man made his application in Finland on the basis that he and his family had been attacked by Shiia militias in Iraq. However the Finnish Immigration Service Migri rejected his case, claiming he did not meet the criteria for asylum. The man took the option to return voluntarily to Iraq but was killed soon after. According to the case, the daughter says Finnish authorities failed in their risk assessment of the situation.

Thursday morning weather 

It’s a much warmer start to the day especially across northern parts of Finland, than we’ve been seeing recently. And that means snow can turn to to sleet or rain in Lapland where temperatures hover a few degrees below freezing, or just at zero. It makes for tricky driving conditions so be extra careful on the road. Further south there’s widespread fog in eastern and central areas where the temperatures rise as high as +7°C down the Russian border and +3°C in Jyväskylä. Elsewhere expect continued rain in Tampere, Turku and into the capital city region. Temperature highs of +8°C to start the day in southern inland areas.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Thursday morning 14th November 2019 / Credit: FMI