Finnish union boss suspended amid bullying investigation

In a victory for workers, the boss of Finland’s Transport Union (AKT) has been suspended while a police investigation into allegations of bullying and assault is carried out.

The unanimous decision to relieve Timo Räty of his duties until the official investigation is over was made at a meeting last week.

Räty has been heavily criticised in recent weeks for his management of office personnel, some of whom have made allegations of harassment against him. Suspicions have also been raised that the union boss violated workplace safety laws and targeted specific members of staff with psychological assaults.

The body also ruled that Hilkka Ahde, who was dismissed by Räty after she accused him of bullying, will be reinstated. She is planning to return to the office after her period of sick leave has ended, reports YLE.