Mediation talks start again as postal strike enters third day
Talks begin today between unions representing postal workers and employers to try and end industrial action that is already in its third day, and which could continue until 8th December. Some 700 Posti parcel force workers have been told their collective bargaining agreement is being switched from one union to another, and they face worsening terms and conditions of employment including pay cuts up to 50%. At a strike protest in front of Posti headquarters in Helsinki, workers said pay cuts on that scale would be a “catastrophe” for their families. “If it stays as it is, it’s bad news for us. We’re all at risk of losing our jobs, our livelihoods, but hopefully they will come to an agreement and we are all waiting to see what will happen” says one worker. Read more in our original story here.
Tesla factory goes to Berlin, snubs Vaasa
Vaasa’s plans to become Europe’s leading centre for energy technology took a hit, as Elon Musk announced plans to open a new Tesla car and battery production facility in Berlin. Vaasa has been heavily lobbying battery manufacturers to come to a new site being developed near Vaasa airport, and had hoped Tesla would bring its planned ‘Gigafactory 4’ development to the west coast city.
Tukes investigation reveals toxic tattoo ink
An investigation by Finland’s Safety and Chemicals Agency Tukes found dangerous tattoo ink. It was the first time such an investigation had been carried out in Finland to test the safety of tattoo and permanent pigment paints. Tukes tested twenty colours – six for pigmentation and 14 for tattoos and found that eight colours contained substances harmful to health that could cause cancer. The colours were bought from Finnish domestic companies, one EU-based online shop, and one online shop from outside the EU.
Kuopio hoists huge 20-meter Christmas tree
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – at least in Kuopio. The eastern city brought a giant 20-meter Christmas tree to the town square on Tuesday, and hoisted it upright with the help of some heavy equipment. The locally-grown spruce tree arrived at the market on a flatbed truck and even has an understudy – a second giant tree ready to be used in case something happens to the first one. It’s party of the city’s official Christmas celebrations which launch later this month. Read more in our story here.
Wednesday morning weather
There’s widespread precipitation across most of the country on Wednesday morning. In the north that comes as snowfall from Kilpisjärvi and Inari through Rovaniemi and Kemi, with temperatures ranging from -2°C to -6°C. Things warm up from Oulu and points further south where there will be sleet and rain through Central Finland, Pirkanmaa, the south west and Uusimaa as well. Temperatures range from +1°C in Jyväskylä to +5°C in Turku and the capital city region. The Ostrobothnia coast will escape the rain on Wednesday morning with temperatures in Vaasa at +3°C.