IN TODAY'S BEST PHOTOS from around the world, we lead with an image from Australia, where the devastating bushfires have led to thousands of koala bears being brought to hospitals for medical treatment. In addition, we have the protests in Lebanon, a snowstorm in Norway, and ice skating in Moscow.
An injured koala bear awaits treatment for burn injuries at a makeshift field hospital on Kangaroo Island. Australia's unprecedented bushfires have led to the deaths of close to a billion animals, while thousands have been brought to medical centers to receive treatment for burns and smoke inahalation.
A youth protester sprints between burning tires during a demonstration on the outskirts of Beirut. Protestors have promised a "week of wrath" this week in which government institutions and banks will be targeted as part of ongoing actions against government corruption.
A snowstorm early this morning in Honningsvag in Northern Norway, which has cut off much of the surrounding region from the rest of the country.
A young girl at an ice skating rink in central Moscow, with the city's business district looming in the background.
Representatives of chemical industry employers and employees will continue wage talks without the presence of the state mediator, according to the office of national labour conciliator Vuokko Piekkala.
The disclosure came after negotiators from the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland and the Industrial Union met to continue discussions on a new collective bargaining agreement at the conciliator’s office on Tuesday.
"In talks between the Chemical Industry Federation and the Industrial Union: the parties will continue face-to-face talks at an expedited schedule," the conciliators office tweeted on Tuesday.
Piekkala’s office said that the Finnish Forest Industries and the paper workers’ union Paperiliitto, will also continue their negotiations in the form of unmediated talks. Both organisations also held discussions at the conciliator’s office on Tuesday.
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Neste: Strikes could hit transportation, food supplies
Employers and employees are divided on the so-called competitiveness pact, a labour market pact introduced by the Juha Sipilä administration in 2016 in a bid to boost national export competitiveness. The model added an additional 24 hours annually to employees’ working time without additional compensation.
If employer and employee representatives do not resolve their differences, the strikes will begin on 26 and 27 January. The strike action would affect roughly 1,400 persons in the chemical industry.
On Tuesday, Finnish oil refining firm Neste predicted dire consequences if the strikes take place. It warned that long-term disruption of fuel deliveries would cripple transportation and heating services and would also affect rescue operations as well as food supplies.
Finnish networking tech firm Nokia has announced it is entering employer-employee negotiations, and that it aims to cut up to 180 jobs in Finland this year.
The company said the redundancies would affect employees at facilities across the country, but mostly at Nokia's headquarters in Espoo. However, Nokia said the payroll cuts would not affect development of 5G technologies or its factory in Oulu.
Nokia's president of mobile networks, Tommi Uitto, said the company wants to safeguard its long-term competitiveness, adding that the company will support staff affected by the downsizing process.
The job cuts are part of the company's broader goals to reduce annual costs by 500 million euros, plans which were put into motion in 2018.