Finland’s prime minister resigns over postal service dispute

Finland’s prime minister resigned Tuesday after a key coalition partner withdrew its support from his five-party government following a strike…

Finland’s prime minister resigned Tuesday after a key coalition partner withdrew its support from his five-party government following a strike at the country’s postal service that spread to the national flag carrier Finnair.

Antti Rinne, who only took office in June, has faced heavy criticism in recent days over how he and a fellow Social Democratic minister dealt with a two-week strike of the country’s state-owned postal service Posti in November.

Rinne, who used to be a trade union leader, and Sirpa Paatero were accused of giving inaccurate and contradictory information in the run-up to the strike, specifically over the transfer of work contracts for 700 Posti package handlers, which effectively led to lower pay. Paatero, who was in charge of state-owned companies, resigned on Friday.

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