Breaking Down Tensions in Finland’s Labor Market: Central Chamber of Commerce Urges Respect for Employee Rights and Agreement in Future Disputes

Central Chamber of Commerce board responds to CEO’s social media feud with AKT

On Monday, the Central Chamber of Commerce issued a rare statement regarding the labor market situation in Finland. The announcement came after CEO Juho Romakkaniemi angered the AKT union with a message that urged SAK members to resign from their union and join the General Unemployment Fund.

In response, the AKT organization, usually quiet in labor market disputes, commented on the crisis-ridden situation. The controversy began when Romakkaniemi urged SAK members to resign from their union and join the General Unemployment Fund in his message. This led to a response from Kokko, chairman of the AKT union, stating that the union would end its banking relationship with the OP group, where Romakkaniemi serves as CEO.

Despite no official decision having been made on termination of cooperation, tensions continued to rise between the parties. In response to this conflict, the Central Chamber of Commerce board emphasized the importance of respecting every employee’s statutory right and freedom to organize or not as they wish. The organization highlighted the need for a culture of agreement in future labor relations and expressed concern over ongoing industrial action measures affecting Finland’s economy.

Ritakallio, CEO of OP group, stressed that finding a solution was crucial for both parties’ long-term success and emphasized trust-building and economic growth as essential elements for a stable future in Finland. Despite social media disputes between Romakkaniemi and Kokko, Ritakallio chose to focus on broader labor market issues at hand.

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