Sometimes it seems that some industry is constantly on strike in Finland. The talk for the past few weeks has been centered on the paper industry (who, btw, are already being paid way more than other industrial workers) and the frontier guards. The paper industry has been on strike or lockout for weeks now.
I don’t know much about the frontier guards-case but one can hardly avoid hearing about the paper industry mess. My subjective opinion is that the workers are demanding too much under the circumstances. But in any case, the relative demands and the identity of the “guilty” party don’t really matter; whoever is to blame, the effects on the industry are the same: everybody suffers.
Everybody in the paper industry, that is. The rest of us are doing quite okay, thanks for asking: the much-hyped shortage of paper (particularly toilet paper) never materialized as importing the paper from abroad has solved that problem. And this is where the real danger lies – it turned out that Finland is, in fact, not the only country in the world producing paper. In addition, importing the required paper from other countries has not proved to be substantially more expensive than the local variety. Given this, I wonder how many companies are going to switch to using foreign paper as the primary source? After all, if their delivery is more reliable and prices competitive, why wouldn’t they?
Basically I think the industry is just begging for even more trouble than they’re already in. It’s like watching kids argue in a sandbox.