The labour dispute at UPM's mills in Finland might have entered a new stage. On 16 March, the Finnish Paperworkers' Union Paperillitto announced plans to extend the strike until 16 April, so one-on-one negotiations were stopped and the official conciliation process restarted again. With more success, it seems.
On 22 March, UPM announced that conciliator Leo Suomaa had submitted a proposal for a settlement in the negotiations between UPM Pulp and the Paperworkers’ Union. The conciliator has asked the parties to state their position on the proposal by 14 April 2022 at 10:00 am EET.
In the meanwhile, the conciliator will continue the conciliation with the union and UPM’s other businesses. The Paperworkers' Union has now also agreed that all business can hold negotiations in parallel instead of conducting them one by one, according to UPM.
"I am pleased that the negotiations have reached a point where the conciliator has seen it possible to submit a proposal for a settlement," says Juha Kääriäinen, Vice President, Finland Pulp Operations at UPM Pulp, the chief negotiator for UPM Pulp.