Tuesday’s newspapers: possibility of sympathy strikes, suspension of an adviser, recall trial | News

The Finnish press covers the second day of industrial action which has halted the delivery of letters, magazines and parcels outside the EU.

The postal strike can continue until December 8. Image: Kare Lehtonen/Yle

Central Finnish daily Keskisuomalainen reports on the second day of the postal strike (siirryt toiseen palveluun), stating that members of the UPA postal and logistics union will meet again in Helsinki on Tuesday to demonstrate. The workers will gather in the capital’s Ilmala district at 12:30 p.m. and march towards Posti’s headquarters in northern Pasila.

Negotiations between the UPA and the service sector employers’ union Palta over the working conditions of postal workers broke down in late October, leading to a two-week strike. Two days ago, the UPA announced that it would extend its strike until December 8 if an agreement could not be reached during collective negotiations. Negotiations will continue on Wednesday, November 13.

If the strike is extended, it will also extend to Posti’s office and sales staff, KSML said. Transport unions and the huge social sector union JHL are also considering joining the industrial action if a settlement cannot be reached and the strike continues after November 24.

KSML writes that the strike halted all letter and magazine deliveries in Finland. Posti says domestic packages will be delivered as normal, but items sent from within the EU may be delayed for several days. Support from the IAU aviation workers’ union means handling parcels from outside Europe will only resume after the strike ends, the paper said.

Husu suspended until June 2020

The daily Kaleva, based in northwest Oulu, publishes an article on the Social Democratic Party’s decision to suspend the Helsinki city councilor (siirryt toiseen palveluun) Abdirahim “Husu” Hussein of the SDP consultancy group, after it was revealed he had fabricated part of a recent story he told about a racist taxi customer.

Eveliina Heinäluomachairman of the SDP council group, announced the decision on Twitter on Tuesday, saying that Hussein had been removed from the council until June 2020 “due to his lies and the resulting lack of trust”.

Kaleva writes that a week ago Hussein tweeted about an incident in which he claimed he stopped along a highway to order a verbally abusive passenger out of his taxi. He later changed the story to clarify that he left the passenger at a bus stop and not at the side of the road. On Monday, Hussein admitted he did not remove the passenger from the vehicle, but tweeted about the incident to spark discussion. He apologized for his lie and said he would accept the consequences.

Taksi Helsinki confirmed on Monday that Hussein did not eject the passenger from the taxi. The taxi company told the newspaper it was considering other measures.

Great shot for seniors

The new jab is part of an unusually large study evaluating the effectiveness of flu vaccinations for older people. The National Institute of Health and Welfare (THL) reports that 13 municipalities and more than 34,000 seniors will participate. The first round will administer the vaccine this winter, and next year it will be repeated because flu viruses mutate so rapidly. The results of the trial will not be known until the next decade.

The new vaccine not only protects against the flu, but also against several secondary illnesses that can occur after an elderly person becomes ill, such as pneumonia, serious infections or a heart attack. Patients with heart problems, diabetes and asthma may also find that their condition worsens after catching the flu.

Immune responses to influenza vaccines decline with age, reducing clinical effectiveness. A higher-dose flu vaccine has therefore been developed for the elderly that contains four times the active ingredients of a standard-dose vaccine.

The influenza booster shot for the elderly is already in use in the United States and testing needs to be done in the European market before it can be introduced here. Clinical tests in two leading medical journals show the vaccine was effective in reducing the incidence of airway-related hospitalizations, HS reports.

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