About the blog and me

Copyright Pia Jalkanen 2012

This blog discusses interesting developments in the Finnish (paper) industry in particular, but also pays attention to competition policy, industrial relations and other issues that influence working life. Recently I have been most interested in effects of the Eurocrisis on Industrial Relations. Occasionally I write in Finnish, when a national debate demands it (but since I am Dutch, my Finnish will not be quite perfect).

One other great interest of mine is music, especially improvised and avant-garde music. Occasionally I will share interesting live performances that I found on YouTube.

I am currently working as a researcher in the department of Social Research in the University of Turku. On the 8th of September I defended my dissertation entitled ‘The Finnish Paper Workers’ Union at a cross-roads: Labor Union Representativeness in a Changing Environment, 1980-2008.’ As a result, I am now a D.Sc. (Soc) or in Finnish, VTT. I work part-time as a post-doctoral researcher in the Turku Center for Labour Studies, of which I am also a board member (TCLS).  I am a board member of Työelämän tutkimusyhdistys Ry (The Finnish Association of Work Life Research), which is now a member of ILERA.

This blog is another way to participate in public discussions about work, apart from the op-eds I occasionally write for Finnish newspapers. I wish to point out that all opinions are my personal opinions, and they do not in any way represent the opinions of the Turku Centre for Labour Studies or any other organization I am involved with.

Paul Jonker-Hoffrén

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8 responses to “About the blog and me

  1. Jaakko Poyry is not God. Historically there are differences in opininion between the Scandinavian (main field of intrest: virgin fiber) and Westeuropean (main field of interest: recycling fiibre) paper and board manufacturing companies. Of course we see (finally) a decline of the use of printable material, as has already been predicted for over 20 years. Printing material production is dominated by Scandinavian based companies and virgin fiber. What ever happens, the demand for tissue and packaging material will prevail, as a laptop does not do much for you in cleaning yourself and in wich way ever you buy goods, they have to be packed and shipped. i do not share the pessimistic view on the future of card – and solid board. As much packaging material end up in USA and Europe, they form now and in future a lasting source for the manufacturing of packaging materials out of 100% recycled material as both the Newark Group Companies in USA and Europe do!

    • Thank you for your comment, you have good points. I do wish to point out that (very roughly speaking) there are two issues important for the carton and board industry in Europe: 1) in the current economic climate, less packaging is needed, because consumption is going down. In Finland a good example is the Stora Enso Ruovesi mill, which makes corrugated packaging board. This mill is closed down next year because of weak demand (and weak profitability). The main reason is the drastic fall of Nokia. This is obviously mainly a local (Finnish) demand problem. But with the economy as it is, it is not unreasonable to think that in the short term also the European board market will be weaker (I think you might be right in general about the need for packaging). The second issue is that more and more packaging comes from China, because that is where the products that ‘we’ buy come from. Obviously, this can be seen as a potential raw material for the European industry, but still. I think you have a good point in general but for the European board market it is relevant WHERE the packaging is made. And that depends probably to a large extent on where the products are made that need packaging. So, yes, more nuance in my argument should have been used.

  2. great blog — do you have an e-mailing list for new postings? A. Giannantonio, Parma (Italy). 19-06-2013

    • Not an emailing list, but on the blog there is a button for the rss-feed. Because Google Reader will stop functioning, I recommend Feedly for rss-feed-readers.

  3. Hey, great blog! Hieno blogi, ajattelin itsekin alkaa kirjoittaa englanniksi varsinkin kansainvälisistä asioista. Itse kirjoita pääosin geopolitiikasta, maahanmuutosta, kotouttamisesta sekä kansantaloudesta, mikä on koulutukseni. Olisi hienoa vaihtaa välillä ajatuksia talousilmiöistä, sillä olemme muutoksen keskellä tällä hetkellä.

  4. Moi, ehkä olisit kiinostunut tästä osiosta. Käytin sinun mainitesmasti Tupo-järjestelmän purkua selittäen miksi palkat nousivat kohtuuttomasta Suomessa 2007 jälkeen. Kiitoksia siitä. Halutako, että referoin sinua tekstissä?

    https://sibilpolitical.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/2-turvapaikkahakijatko-ratkaisevat-suomen-kilpailukyvyn-12/

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