Tuesday’s newspapers: last strike, false ministerial speech, theatrical predator and Finnish wobblies | News

The Tuesday papers are dominated by news about ongoing labor disputes.

Postal workers remain on strike. Image: Petteri Sopanen / Yle

The talks were close to a resolution on Monday evening, but the two sides later drifted apart, meaning they met again on Tuesday at the office of the National Labor Conciliator.

There remains the question of the collective agreement of the 700 agents of the parcel sorting center that the national postal company Posti has transferred to a subsidiary, worsening their working conditions.

SDP on a slippery slope

Ilta-Sanomat is watching (siirryt toiseen palveluun) the political context of the strike. Since Posti is a public company, it falls under the jurisdiction of Sirpa Patero, the Minister of State Property Pilotage.

She had told parliament and the media that she had not been asked about the transfer of the 700 workers to a lower collective agreement on wages and working conditions.

However the Prime Minister Antti Rinne also claimed in parliament that the government had prevented Posti from transferring some 10,000 workers to the lower wage scheme.

The question posed by IS is how the government can claim an active role in one case and ignorance in another.

It’s a particularly thorny issue for Rinne, who previously led the Pro union, and Paatero, who is also part of the union-backed Social Democratic Party.

No pikkujoulu no party

Deadlocked dispute means (siirryt toiseen palveluun) Widespread flight disruption as aviation workers continue their solidarity actions, and some early morning bus services were canceled in Helsinki as drivers returned to work.

Maritime workers are also taking action, refusing to join Finnish-flagged ships and effectively keeping them in port.

Luckily for them, however, the ship they’re celebrating on is an Estonian-flagged ship that’s able to go its merry way. Until Thursday when, if the dispute is not resolved, ferries flying foreign flags will also be left in port thanks to the support action of dockworkers.

The Baltzar affair shocks Finland

Reporters spoke to several women who said they were lured into the Drom theater company as teenagers by promises of fame, to find an atmosphere of control.

They described a facility in which teenage girls were brought into the business and invited to flirt with Baltzar, and his favorite young women had to live in his home.

Baltzar was taken into custody last week on suspicion of aggravated human trafficking.

The story made the rounds in the press, with top politicians wondering how they didn’t know and others claiming Baltzar was hiding in plain sight: before #metoo, it seems no one was listening.

Paleface gets wobbly

finnish rapper Pale face (real name Karri Miettinen) released a new record this week, and it’s a little different.

With the group Lauluvan unioni, he recorded an album of songs from the Finnish sections of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in North America.

Reports Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) the context of the disc, which came about when researcher Saijaleena Rantanen discovered a Finnish-language copy of an IWW songbook at the Minnesota Immigration History Research Center.

The album, “Tie Vapauteen” or “path to freedom”, recalls the policy of Finnish immigrants in the United States and Canada at the beginning of the 20th century.

Many of them joined the anarcho-syndicalist IWW, whose members were colloquially known as “wobblies”, and published newspapers in Finnish and held meetings and dances in Finnish.

EDIT 27.11.2019 An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to the IWW as the “international workers of the world”. The correct name is of course “Industrial Workers of the World”.

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