Tekijä (15.11.2023 - Heikki Jokinen) The new Finnish right-wing Government plans radical changes to labour legislation. Their grand plan is clearly designed to tip the balance of power in workplaces to unilaterally favour employers.

Arto Satonen, Minister of Employment, claims the new unjust laws are just minor changes in step with other Nordic countries. To put it mildly, this is simply not true. On the contrary.

The Orpo-Purra Government is simply cherry-picking labour laws from other countries. They only selected a handful of such changes that clearly benefit employers and company owners. In many cases, they modified these changes to be even be more disadvantageous to employees.

Tekijä (15.11.2023 - Heikki Jokinen) One of the most draconian changes the Finnish right-wing Government is planning is to make dismissals easier. At present, our law requires “relevant and serious grounds” for a dismissal. The Orpo-Purra Government will drop the serious grounds and allow relevant grounds as sufficient reason for dismissal .

This is clearly designed to make dismissal easier. In law, even a simple word can make a difference and is not dropped without serious grounds.

The German economy has been doing well for decades. Yet, dismissal is much more difficult there than here, and no Government has attempted to challenge that.

Tekijä (11.10.2023 - Heikki Jokinen) In June this year, Finland got a new Government. It is composed of right-wing and far-right parties, led by PM Petteri Orpo and the Minister of Finance Riikka Purra.

From the very start, it has been difficult to determine exactly where ministers stand on the question of racism. One minister has had to resign after being exposed flirting with nazi voters.

However, now the Orpo-Purra Government is moving on to their real goal: to undermine employees' status in labour laws, and restrict the right to strike. These changes go hand in hand with drastic cuts in social welfare, in particular to earnings-related unemployment benefits and housing allowance.

Tekijä (11.10.2023 - Heikki Jokinen) One of the main targets of the Orpo-Purra Government is to weaken employment security. They want to make working life more insecure and precarious.

By cutting dramatically both employment and social security, they calculate that employers will have a submissive reserve of workers ready to do whatever work under whatever conditions.

It can take time to find steady employment. Casual jobs are a typical way to get into working life. There are many immigrants and young people among those in casual jobs.