Morning headlines: Tuesday 12th November 2019

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Striking workers marching on Posti HQ

Striking postal workers are set to march on Posti’s headquarters in Helsinki on Tuesday, as their ongoing strike continues to hit deliveries across the country. The Post and Logistics Union PAU says up to 10,000 workers are on strike against a change in collective bargaining agreement being imposed on 700 parcel force workers that would mean pay cuts up to 50% for some staff. Postal workers and their supporters will gather near Ilmala station in Helsinki between 12:30 and 13:00 and then march to Posti’s headquarters.

City council group suspends ‘fake racist claim’ politician

The Social Democrat group of Helsinki council has decided to suspend one of their councilors after he admitted making up a fake racism story. In a Monday night meeting, councilors voted to exclude Husu Hussein until the end of June 2020 over his claims in the media that he was subject to racist abuse while driving a taxi and then dropped the passenger at the side of the road. Later Hussein admitted he invented the incident. SDP councilor and MP Evellina Heinäluoma said that Hussein’s lies “and the resulting lack of confidence” were the reason for his dismissal. Hussein previously apologised for his actions and said he would abide by any decision the SDP council group made. Hussein’s employer Taksi Helsinki says his story of throwing a passenger out the car is causing reputational damage to the company and they are considering action against the driver / local politician.

Young people drinking & smoking less, experimenting more with cannabis

Young people in Finland are drinking less alcohol and smoking fewer cigarettes, but they’re experimenting more regularly with cannabis. That’s the findings of a new study released on Tuesday by the National Institute for Health and Welfare THL. Alcohol consumption falls, in line with patterns in other Nordic countries for young people. And when it comes to smoking cigarettes, only 7% of ninth graders now report smoking daily, compared with 25% just 20 years ago. But cannabis consumption is on the rise. In 1995 just 5% of boys had tried cannabis, while now it has risen to 13%. The corresponding figures for girls were 5% in 1995 and 9% today.

Tuesday morning weather

It’s a snowy start to the morning across Lapland and down the eastern border as far south as Lappeenranta as well, but the snow will ease up as the day goes on. Temperatures across the north start the day between -10°C and -4°C. Further south expect -3°C in Oulu, -2°C in Vaasa, -4°C in Central Finland and -2°C down the eastern border. The best sunshine and the warmest temperatures on Tuesday morning are in the south west up to +5°C in Turku and Åland, and +6°C in Hanko.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 12th November 2019 / Credit: FMI