Trade Union JHL’s strike applies to all public and private day care centres in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. Members of other trade unions, too, will participate in the strike.
An extensive political strike will have a significant impact on early childhood education and care in the Helsinki Metropolitan Region on Wednesday 31 January and Thursday 1 February. The Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL is organising a two-day strike in which all early childhood education and care units in Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa will participate. The political industrial action applies to all work tasks carried out within municipal and private early childhood education and care, and in all agreement sectors. This also concerns playground activities and family day care.
In addition, work tasks covered by the strike include all early childhood education and care tasks provided by Seure in the regions of following cities, both within municipal and private early childhood education and care and in all agreement sectors: Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen and Vantaa.
The strike applies to work shifts that start between 5 am on Wednesday 31 January 2024 and 8.59 pm on Thursday 1 February 2024. The strike will last until the end of the ending shift.
The Government’s plan concerning an export-led pay model would in practice mean that salaries within early childhood education and care will also in the future remain low. That will make it even more difficult to find competent employees. The sector is already now suffering from a serious labour shortage, JHL’s Interim President Håkan Ekström reminds.
– I understand that the strike puts families with children in a tight spot. I hope that the Government, too, will finally notice that the daily life of Finns becomes impossible without children’s nurses and other early childhood education and care professionals. The Government is pushing for the kind of a pay model in Finland that would leave day care centre employees in a pay gap. What kinds of problems are we going to be in if competent employees can’t be found within early childhood education and care?
Trade Union JHL has been organising political strikes since autumn 2023, and the strikes have been gradually extended. The trade union is still ready to take further measures if the Government refuses to negotiate about the labour market reforms.
– Our most important duty is to ensure that our members’ terms and conditions of employment and working conditions will continue to remain in order. The Government’s plans are threatening to make a serious mess of the Finnish labour market. As a trade union we must act, and this time that also means heavy strike action, Ekström says.
Interim President Håkan Ekström 040 828 2865
Specification (23 January): Strike limits have been removed.
Specification (24 January): We specified which sectors the industrial action applies to and added playgrounds and family day care.
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