Everyone in Finland is talking about it today, so why not? Even if it hasn’t affected a Finn’s actual workplace – and it has affected a lot of workplaces – the strike has shut down a lot of the country. A lot of key services and industries have closed their doors for the day.
 I’m actually seeing a lot of debate as to whether this is a strike or just a strike-esque protest demonstration. Either way, people are walking off their jobs and unions are involved. So let’s just call it a strike.
Public transport is down, so it’s actually gotten slightly cheaper and easier to get yourself from A to B. Seriously, fuck Finland’s public transport.
I am at work, but out of solidarity I am going to let five … no, okay, three typos get through the next draft to cross my desk. Three. SUCK IT, THE MAN.
So yeah, whatever, I guess I’m scabbing? We technical writers don’t have much of a union, although I suppose we have employee representation and some sort of organisation to fall back on. I did my part by spamming the office with Orwell quotes, and now it looks like a thunder storm is brewing (I mean literally), so I may be bumped offline anyway.
Yes, there’s a recession going on. At least, that’s what they tell us when they refuse to give us raises to cover the basic increase in cost of living that happens with inflation every week. Shit, since 2008 it’s been the Global Financial Crisis screwing us over. I don’t see that this is any reason to cut a bunch of the stuff that makes Finland a great place to live and work. Why are we trying to take away the things that separate Finland from the US? The US isn’t doing that great.
Making everyone miserable and taking away the money of people who already can’t afford it is not going to make a recession go away. And ultimately, I guess I would be a lot less sceptical about these measures if they didn’t have a weird Animal Farm vibe to them (hence my Orwellisms). Needless to say, all the workers have to tighten their belts and get ‘us’ out of this. The politicians? No, they’re fine. No austerity measures for them. Poor darlings are starving already, right?
Timo Soini, leader of the EU-sceptical True Finns and foreign minister, told the Financial Times it was time for the country to do some hard work. “If you messed things up yourselves, you must clean it up yourselves. Now we must take strong medicine,” he said.
After you, you colossal shit.