Finnish information technology sector strikes end

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HELSINKI (AP) ? Hundreds of employees in Finland’s information technology sector are returning to work after unions and employers accepted a mediation proposal in a labor dispute.

The selective strikes, mainly in help desk and support services, began Monday but threatened to expand to include more than 20,000 senior employees in the technology industries sector next week if no agreement had been reached.

Unions said the national conciliator’s mediation proposal approved Wednesday was in line with a two-year centralized labor contract that will hike wages by 4.3 percent, agreed by central trade unions and employer organizations last month.

On Monday, 10,000 office workers in the metals and engineering industry ended a weeklong strike after accepting mediation.