A delegation of senior Irish trade unionists is in Finland today to brief union leaders there on the economic crisis in Ireland.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions said that it is one in a series of meetings with its EU counterparts to ensure union leaders in the euro zone have an accurate picture of the Irish situation.
According to ICTU, the problem in Ireland indicates a deeper EU banking and debt crisis that must be resolved.
ICTU president Jack O'Connor will be urging Finnish trade unions to get that message across to their membership.
"We're trying to persuade the trade union leadership in these countries to their own organisations and to influence public opinion on the real facts of the situation rather than some kind of an absurd perception that taxpayers in Europe are bailing out Ireland," he said.