Trade Union News from Finland
JHL (19.04.2018 - Heikki Jokinen) The recent changes in unemployment security cut benefits but do not help in finding a job, says Teija Asara-Laaksonen, the Chief Executive Officer of JHL.
From the beginning of this year unemployed job seekers are seeing their benefits cut by 4.65 per cent in each three month period unless they succeed in finding employment temporarily, receive some entrepreneurial income or participate in training offered by the employment offices.
The Finnish Government pushed the cuts through claiming they will activate job seekers and improve employment prospects. The trade union movement vehemently opposed the proposed measures, arguing that in real terms all this amounted to was simply a cut in benefits which does little to help in finding a new job.
Now JHL, the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors can show some figures to assess what has actually happened as a result.
Helsinki (18.04.2018 - Heikki Jokinen) The trade unions have been vocal in their criticism of the Government decision to weaken employment security for those under 30 years of age or those working in companies with less than 20 employees.
On 11 April, the Government agreed the General Government Fiscal Plan for 2019–2022.
It will amend the Employment Contracts Act by allowing an employer to make, without restrictions, fixed-term employment contracts with anyone under 30 years of age who has been an unemployed job seeker for at least three months.
The existing legislation demands a justifiable reason for a fixed-term employment contract.
Helsinki (27.03.2018 - Heikki Jokinen) A strike in the financial services sector was avoided at the eleventh hour. The parties reached an agreement on the new collective agreement on the evening before the first three days work stoppage in banks was due to begin.
The negotiations for a new collective agreement in the financial services sector have been going on since October last year. The existing collective agreement had ended back in November.
The crux of the dispute has been weekend work. Both parties are now ready to open up more possibilities for banks to provide service also at the weekends.
Helsinki (23.03.2018 - Heikki Jokinen) The ongoing round of collective bargaining has been going on now for nearly eight months.The employers' joint coordination throughout the negotiations has been very firm, say trade union leaders.
Finland had a tradition of broad national labour market pacts until the employers' umbrella organisation Confederation of Finnish Industries EK announced that it was no longer willing to be a part of any nationally coordinated labour market pact.
Therefore, collective bargaining is now taking place at union level. Which means the broader scopes are not being set at a national level as before.
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