Metro and trams in Finnish capital may stop due to strike

Metro and tram drivers in the Finnish capital are expected to go on a two-day strike from 4 a.m. September 16 to 4 a.m. September 18 over the city’s mayor’s office’s decision to transfer public transport to a commercial company, the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper reported.

The mayor’s office on Monday made the appropriate decision to corporatize the transport company HKL, which controls the movement of metro and trams in the Finnish capital.

“Employees fear that working conditions will worsen if HKL goes public. The metro and trams are expected to stop on Thursday and Friday, ”the newspaper said.

The Helsinki City Hall justifies the transfer of the transport company to a joint-stock company by the fact that the transport network of metro and trams is expanding to the cities adjacent to the Finnish capital, which may also become shareholders of the new company.