The Counties’ Service Centre for Facilities and Real Estate Management will launch consultative negotiations with its entire staff following the recent collapse of the social, health care and regional government reform. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

THE COUNTIES’ SERVICE CENTRE for Facilities and Real Estate Management, a service provider established in preparation of the recently scrapped social, health care and regional government reform, has announced it will begin to wind down its operations.

The service centre was established to manage the real estate needs of counties, ranging from hospitals and health care centres to offices and rescue stations.

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Kalle Jokinen, the chairperson of the National Coalition Parliamentary Group, says many business owners do not recognise the alleged division between employers and employees at their workplace. (Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

THE NATIONAL COALITION is not intent on budging on its objective of increase local bargaining by expanding the role of non-unionised workplace representatives in spite of the looming parliamentary elections.

Trade unions have expressed their firm opposition to the idea, as it would strip unionised shop stewards of their exclusive right to represent employees in bargaining negotiations.

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Neither taxi companies, nor consumers appear to have benefited from the de-regulation of the taxi industry carried out in Finland in mid-2018, shows survey by the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom). (Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

THE BENEFITS of the recent taxi industry liberalisation have been at best modest for both consumers and taxi companies, indicates a survey by the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom).

Traficom on Thursday reported that almost 90 per cent of consumers indicated that they are satisfied and only four per cent that they are dissatisfied with the overall quality of taxi services in Finland.

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A 22-man of foreign background stood accused of aggravated child sexual abuse and aggravated rape at the District Court of Oulu on 26 February 2019. (Timo Heikkala – Lehtikuva)

ROUGHLY A THIRD of requests to deport a foreign citizen on grounds of a sex crime conviction were rejected in Finland in 2018, according to MOT, a team of investigative journalists at YLE.

MOT on Monday reported that 84 of the 152 foreign citizens who were the subject of a criminal deportation request were ordered to be removed from the country by the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri). The remaining 64 foreign citizens, on the other hand, were allowed to stay in the country on a temporary basis.

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Pekka Haavisto, the chairperson of the Green League, met members of the public as the opposition party kicked off its campaign bus tour at Narinkkatori in Helsinki on Saturday, 16 March. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

THE GREEN LEAGUE has moved to within touching distance of the Centre Party, indicates an opinion poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.

The newspaper reported yesterday that popular support for the opposition party crept up by 0.4 percentage points to 14.0 per cent, whereas that for the ruling party dropped by 0.4 percentage points to 14.3 per cent between February and March.

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Finns in their mid-30s today will be the first age group to pay the price if the government fails to take action to influence demographic development. (Trond H. Trosdahl – Lehtikuva)

THE YOUNG ADULTS who have entered working life over the past couple of decades may have to deal with a hefty increase in earnings-related pension contributions and small pensions if the population continues to age and birth rate plummet in Finland.

This is the main takeaway from a new projection on the development of statutory pensions in 2019–2085 by the Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK).

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Almost a fifth of Finnish car owners have indicated they intend to give up their car over the five coming years and shift to using more sustainable transport services, shows a survey by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

THE READINESS of Finnish car owners to give up their cars has come as a surprise to Johanna Särkijärvi, the head of climate and environmental research at the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

Särkijärvi on Monday highlighted that the most recent climate barometer indicates that almost a fifth of car owners intend to give up their car and transition to using sustainable mobility services over the coming five years.

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Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, kicked off the opposition party’s street campaign at Shopping Centre Iso Omena in Espoo on 15 March 2019. (Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

RAISING THE EMPLOYMENT RATE has become a backstop for political parties that is used to draw funds for a wide variety of campaign promises, views Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance.

Andersson told Uusi Suomi on Monday that the opposition party is prepared to fund its campaign promises by adopting a wealth tax and increasing the progression of income tax rates.

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Estonian flags were hung in Tallinn’s Old Town on 21 February 2018 to commemorate the 100-year history of the Republic of Estonia. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

AN EMERGENCY MEETING on Finns was held recently in Tallinn, Estonia, according to Kauppalehti.

The Finnish business-oriented newspaper reports that the meeting was attended by practically all key organisations involved in tourism marketing in Estonia, including the Estonian Tourism Board, Estonian Association of Travel Agencies, Estonian Hotel and Restaurant Association, and the Port of Tallinn.

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Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, talked to members of the public during a campaign event at Railway Square in Helsinki on Sunday, 17 March 2019. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

ANTTI RINNE, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, has come under criticism from the heads of employer organisations for calling for the re-instatement of the national incomes policy agreements, or so-called tupo agreements.

Rinne on Sunday urged the Confederation of Finnish Industries to re-incorporate centralised bargaining into its toolkit.

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Juho Romakkaniemi, the CEO of Finland Chamber of Commerce, has expressed his frustration with the quality of debate around collective bargaining in Finland. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

JUHO ROMAKKANIEMI, the CEO of Finland Chamber of Commerce, says he is saddened by the level of the ongoing public debate on collective bargaining agreements.

Finland Chamber of Commerce on Saturday presented its proposal for amending the employment contracts act in a way that, it believes, would take into consideration the best aspects of general applicability and local bargaining.

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