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30,000 Finnish technology workers to strike

October 20, 2011

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HELSINKI—Finnish union leaders say that about 30,000 technology industry workers will begin a two-week strike, expected to halt most of the country's exports.

The strike comes after workers Thursday rejected a mediation proposal in a labor dispute over pay and working conditions. It will affect 41 companies, mostly in the machinery, metals and mining sectors.

The strike, to begin Friday, follows last week's agreement between leaders of the country's central trade unions and main employers organizations on a centralized labor contract that would have hiked wages by 4.3 percent over two years.

It was not immediately clear why technology workers rejected the deal. No new talks have been announced.