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- Created on 10 October 2014
Itella announced on Friday that it has concluded consultative negotiations with its staff and will lay off a total of 239 staff members, nearly 100 fewer than initially estimated.
The negotiations concerned a total of 2,200 staff members in expert and supervisory positions in administration as well as in planning and supervisory positions in production. The majority of the employees to be made redundant are based in the capital region.
The opposition interrogated Prime Minister Alexander Stubb (NCP) about his recent remarks on Nato during a question time debate at the Finnish Parliament on Thursday.
Katri Komi (Centre) asked Stubb to explain what is the foundation for the estimate he expressed in London earlier this week that the next Government will lean more toward Nato membership that the current one. The comments of the Prime Minister were published at least by Verkkouutiset, the official mouthpiece of the National Coalition.
The appointment of Jyrki Katainen (NCP) to the European Commission is practically a certainty after three committees of the European Parliament decided on Wednesday to endorse him for the office of Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness.
The members of the committees first approved the appointment of Katainen to the commission by a 123—40 vote and then as a vice-president by a 98—52 vote.
After hours of tirades and heated bickering, the City Council of Helsinki voted on Wednesday evening 43—41 in favour of the partial incorporation of the municipal service provider Palmia.
A total of 1,400 Palmia employees responsible for staff lunch, cleaning, security and real estate services will consequently be transferred to a new private company, which will remain in municipal ownership.
The eroding employment situation and mounting public debt were yet again mere footnotes as the Parliament on Wednesday continued to bicker over child benefit cuts and the child deduction, a measure introduced to offset their effects.
The dispute was kindled by a proposal for the second supplementary budget of the year, in which an additional 2.5 million euros has been earmarked for 2015—2017 to carry out the data infrastructure upgrade necessitated by the deduction.
Olli Immonen and Vesa-Matti Saarakkala of the Finns Party estimate that “failed immigration policy” is one of the reasons behind street violence in Finland.
The Members of the Parliament expressed their concerns in a bulletin following news that a teen street gang, including people of immigrant backgrounds, has robbed and assaulted dozens of children and young people in the capital region in recent weeks.
- Category: Business
- Created on 09 October 2014
The FIMKrypto cryptocurrency includes a number of innovations, such as a basic income for all residents of Finland.
THOSE missing the old Finnish markka abbreviation FIM now have a 21st century replacement. A new digital cryptocurrency administered by a Finnish non-profit association began trading in July. It is called FIMKrypto, or FIMK.
A statement issued last week by the management team of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) has stirred unease among the Parliament-appointed trustees overseeing its operations.
In particular, representatives of left-wing parties have expressed their bewilderment at how director-general Liisa Hyssälä and directors Helena Pesola and Mikael Forss advocate in the name of Kela a greater role for private service providers than what has been outlined by a parliamentary working group as the basis for the reform of the social welfare and health care system.
A street gang consisting of 13—18-year-old youngsters is believed to have committed over 70 assaults or robberies against children and young people in the capital region.
Chief inspector Tuomo Lotta reveals that roughly a dozen youngsters have been brought into custody and four detained in the course of the pre-trial investigation. “And today, on Tuesday, the police demanded that an additional three 15—17-year-old youngsters be detained over last weekend's events.”
- Category: Business
- Created on 08 October 2014
Neste Oil will invest considerably in its operations in Finland but also reduce as many as 250 personnel as part of the integration of its refinery operations in Porvoo and Naantali.
Sami Ryynänen, the chief shop steward in Porvoo, reveals that he knew to expect the consultative negotiations but was surprised by the scope of the rationalising measures announced by the oil refining company.
The Social Services and Health Care Committee of Helsinki approved on Tuesday a proposal for the framework of a new municipal service network, which will see the city centralise the provision of social welfare and health care services to larger units.
It refrained, however, from pinning down the number of the units.
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