Preparing for a strike and being on strike

This page contains information on what you should do in the event of a strike.

The industrial action notice, or strike warning, always describes what work the strike applies to. A strike decision by JHL is binding on its members. The union’s website contains more detailed information on strikes.

Other JHL members, members of other unions and non-unionised employees must not perform work covered by a strike.

Work covered by a strike cannot be outsourced to temporary staffers or other temporary workforce. In accordance with international practices, staffing agencies must not supply employees to companies subject to a legal industrial action.

How do I prepare for a strike?

  • Work normally according to the shift roster until the strike begins.
  • Do not do work in advance.
  • It is also not acceptable to leave work undone before the strike.
  • When leaving the workplace, take with you any personal belongings that you might require during the strike.
  • Make sure that you have the contact details of the shop steward and/or the strike committee.
  • Monitor the union’s communications: JHL’s website, social media channels, member letters and other communications. Your shop steward will provide you with more information.
  • Check your membership information – instructions at the bottom of the page
  • Recommend joining the union to your non-unionised colleagues.

A strike warning always indicates the time of day when the strike begins and when work must end. After that time, no one should go to work.

Once a strike warning has been issued, you cannot schedule an annual holiday for the strike period.

During a strike

  • Follow the instructions issued by the union.
  • Participate in monitoring the strike, for instance as a picketer or as an attendant to the picketers.
  • Prepare in advance and report any possible pressure tactics by the employer to the shop steward and/or the strike committee.
  • Take part in strike meetings.
  • JHL members who are not on strike will perform their own work tasks and not the tasks of those on strike.
  •  Monitor the union’s communications.
  •  Keep in mind that during the industrial action, the only reliable source of information is the union.

Do not perform work that is covered by the strike!

Remember that the employer will not necessarily settle for simply being the target of an industrial action. The employer must not exert any pressure on you in any way if you are taking part in a union-organised industrial action!

JHL is prepared for countermeasures. For more information, contact the shop steward or the regional office.

Take a closer look at the Industrial Action Guidelines. You can find them on the page Industrial action and protests (in Finnish)

Returning to work after the strike

Returning to work after a strike takes place according to the shift roster or the agreement on ending the strike.

The agreement on ending the strike sets forth the measures and conditions to end the strike.

The employer will not necessarily settle for simply being the target of an industrial action, and in all likelihood will launch active countermeasures. JHL is prepared for countermeasures. For more information, contact the shop steward or the regional office.

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When your information is correct, you can be sure that JHL’s messages get through to you. These messages may include, for example, instructions for industrial actions in your workplace.

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If you have not visited myJHL yet, read the log in instructions on myJHL’s presentation page.