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Stora Enso may face white-collar strike in Finland

HELSINKI, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Forestry group Stora Enso could face a two-day strike in Finland next week by 1,000 white-collar workers due to a dispute over unpaid bonuses. Labour union Ammattiliitto Pro said Stora Enso has refused to obey the supreme court which decided last year that the company must pay unpaid bonuses for 100 employees in Inkeroinen who had participated strikes four years ago. 800 other employees have filed similar lawsuits, adding total reclamation to about 1 million euros ($1.35 million). Stora Enso is dealing with the issue, said its spokesman Lauri Peltola, adding that payments have already been put into effect for the people in Inkeroinen. But the court's preliminary ruling affects thousands of company's other current and former employees, and those calculations should be completed in February, he added. The company must start talks with union by next Wednesday, Pro said. The strike would start on Thursday morning and end early on Saturday. "Last year only 10 percent of the thousand employees participated in the strike", Stora Enso's Peltola noted. (Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl; Editing by Toby Chopra) ($1=.7389 Euro) Keywords: STORA ENSO (jussi.rosendahl@thomsonreuters.com; +358-9-680 50 248; Reuters Messaging: jussi.rosendahl.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net) COPYRIGHT Copyright Thomson Reuters 2011. All rights reserved.

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