Stora Enso workers strike out

27 April 2005 – Helsinki (FIN): All the Finnish mills of Stora Enso, or one third of the company’s production, will close due to strike action from Wednesday afternoon until Friday morning.

Leader of the Finnish paper workers’ union, Jouko Ahonen, told Reuters: "We found out that the employer at [Stora Enso’s] Aanekosi mill did not allow the workers to restart the machines and would not pay their salaries, and after the news had spread, workers are now shutting down all the firm’s plants across Finland."

SVP of Public Affairs for Stora Enso Finland, Jorma Westlund, told "We have had many strikes since the workers’ collective labour agreement expired in February. Unfortunately the strikes, which are affecting all Finnish paper companies at present, are just part of the negotiation process. We hope to finalise a new agreement shortly."

Workers at the Finnish plants of UPM-Kymmene are also on a one-day strike on Wednesday.