Central Chamber of Commerce board responds to CEO’s social media feud with AKT
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Breaking News: Central Chamber of Commerce Speaks Out on Labor Market Crisis Amidst Union Controversy

The Central Chamber of Commerce made a statement on Monday regarding the ongoing labor market crisis, following a message from CEO Juho Romakkaniemi that angered the AKT union. Despite usually remaining quiet in labor market disputes, the organization commented on the situation after a dispute between Romakkaniemi and Ismo Kokko, chairman of the AKT union.

The controversy began when Romakkaniemi urged members of the SAK to resign from their union and join the General Unemployment Fund in a message. This led to a response from Kokko, stating that the union would end its banking relationship with the OP group, where Romakkaniemi serves as CEO. Although no official decision had been made on termination of cooperation, tensions continued to rise between the parties.

In response, the Central Chamber of Commerce emphasized the importance of respecting each employee’s statutory right and freedom to organize or not as they wish. The organization highlighted the need for a culture of agreement in order to move forward and expressed concern over ongoing industrial action measures affecting Finland’s economy.

Ritakallio, CEO of OP group, stressed the importance of finding a solution to this situation while emphasizing trust and economic growth are key components in building a stable future for Finland. Despite social media dispute between Romakkaniemi and Kokko, OP Group chose to focus on broader labor market issues at hand.

“We must find solutions that respect everyone’s rights while promoting economic growth,” said Ritakallio. “Our primary goal is to create jobs and support Finnish businesses.”

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