Why workers brought Finland to a standstill
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Josh Stephens, Reporter

Hundreds of thousands of Finnish workers have been striking in February after the country’s centre-right government announced controversial labour reforms.

Public transport ground to a halt last week as workers from factories, schools, hotels, restaurants, and more workplaces nationwide protested in Helsinki Senate Square over plans to favour local work agreements over centralised accords.

If passed, the reforms would make it easier for employers to negotiate contracts and potentially block trade unions from intervening in workplace disputes.