Finland

Volume 4 Issue 4

Volume IV June, 1909 No.4

In the year 1968: on the nationwide strike and university occupation in Helsinki

Imagine the following situation. Due to a strike, public transportation is paralyzed all over the country. Some restaurants and shops shut their doors and 30,000 people are gathered in Helsinki to oppose the current cabinet’s austerity measures, despite of wind and rain.

Notes from the general strike of 100 million euros

We flowed among the water and our co-demonstrators to the mass
demonstration at the central railway station in Helsinki. We were there
to oppose the redistribution of income from the poor and the middle
income workers to the rich, and from employees to corporations planned
by the cabinet of prime-minister Sipilä.

Finland: Schools to close, rail network to shut down in austerity protest

Finnish public transport

Finnish teachers are set to join the biggest labour movement demonstration in decades on Friday, shutting down schools and daycare centres across the country as they protest in Helsinki against government austerity measures.

Finland 1906: The revolutionary roots of women’s suffrage, an International Women’s Day tribute - Eric Blanc

Article about Finland becoming the first nation to grant full female suffrage in 1906 during the revolutionary upheaval which swept the czarist empire of which Finland was a part.

Anarchists support public service wildcat strike in Helsinki

The trade union for public and welfare services (JHL) went on wildcat strike to oppose the "marketization" of Palmia, a municipally-owned service enterprise. The right-wing leadership of the city is attempting to reorganise 50% of Palmia so that it must participate in tendering-out, which will lead to substantial wage cuts for the workers. The seizure of subway and tram transport by striking workers proved to be a powerful weapon in the struggle against the bosses.

Write to Finnish anarchist total objector

Anarchist total objector Topi Lauko began his prison sentence 18th of
December in a low-security prison. He was transferred to a half-way
house, maintained by Siltavalmennus NGO, in second half of February.
Although in half-way house the conditions of detention are not harsh, he
would still be happy to correspond with comrades around the world.

The Finnish Class War 1918

A brief piece explaining that the Finnish Civil War of 1918 was, contrary to rightist claims, in fact, a class war.

Russian anarchists in Finland 1917-1918 - Ari Vakkilainen

Short article on anarchist activity in the Finnish Civil War, originally published in 1989.

Shipping traffic halted by wildcat strike in Finland

Helsinki docks

More than half of Finland's freight traffic was brought to a standstill on Tuesday 2 February by a wildcat strike by 1000 stevedores in seven ports.