Striking Metal Workers In Finland Accept Proposal

More than 2,000 workers in the metals and technology industries ended a five-day strike after unions and employers agreed to a mediation proposal in wage talks.

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — More than 2,000 workers in Finland's metals and technology industries ended a five-day strike Friday after unions and employers agreed to a mediation proposal in wage talks.
 
The strike, called by the 120,000-member Union of Salaried Employees, had targeted selected plants of six Finnish companies, including stainless steel maker Outokumpu Oyj, shipbuilder Aker Yards Oy and metals group Wartsila Corp.
 
Workers will return to their jobs by Monday, the union said.
 
National Conciliator Juhani Salonius, who mediated the talks, proposed a two-and-a-half year contract with wage hikes of 9 to 10 percent.
 
''It's in line with other pacts agreed this year,'' Salonius said.
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