JHL (14.09.2015 - Heikki Jokinen) The situation in the labour market in Finland is now exceptionally tense. The Government announced plans to introduce legislation that will shorten annual leave, eliminate two bank holidays, make the first day of sick leave unpaid and cut extra pay for working overtime and on Sundays.
The ones who will pay the price for all this will be women working in the public sector, says Jarkko Eloranta, Chairperson of the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL.
Annual leave will be shortened from 38 to 30 working days, if the Government get their way and this measure is passed in Parliament. “Some 60 - 70 per cent of those employed in municipalities and the state sector have holidays of more than 30 days”, Eloranta says.
The two scrapped bank holidays would be free days but unpaid.
Extra pay for working on Sunday would be limited to 75 per cent, down from 100 per cent. Overtime pay would be reduced to half, from 50 per cent to 25 per cent.