The saying goes “when it rains, it pours.” But I imagine the current situation is more like being pelted by a colossal waterfall.
Another Finnish trade union is warning of an imminent strike on the horizon.
Finland’s Transport Workers’ Union (called AKT) began blocking UPM goods in all Finnish ports on January 24th, 2022. This included the handling of:
Simply put, they refuse to touch any UPM products coming in or going out.
The blockade began in support of the Paperworkers’ Union. Additionally, AKT commenced an overtime and shift swap ban on February 1, 2022.
However, disputes regarding the adjustment of salary levels further sparked disagreements between the AKT and the Finnish Port Operators Association.
As a result, a strike warning was issued and is due to start February 14, 2022 if no agreement is reached.
So how does this situation add to the chaos?
The strike affects stevedoring work, or the loading and unloading of cargo, in all Finnish ports. It shuts down the port in its entirety.
No goods are being received and no ships or trucks are being loaded or unloaded.
This is dangerous when you take into account the bottleneck situations still occurring in major ports around the world.
It further delays delivery times and, ultimately, contributes lasting damage to the recovery of the supply chain.