The Supreme Court of Finland (KKO) has issued a rare, unprompted legislative proposal urging the government to designate an authority to be responsible for issuing expert statements on medical insurance-related disputes. (Credit: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)
The Supreme Court of Finland (KKO) has issued a rare, unprompted legislative proposal urging the government to designate an authority to be responsible for issuing expert statements on medical insurance-related disputes. (Credit: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

 

The Supreme Court of Finland (KKO) has called for the establishment of an independent authority to issue medical insurance statements.

KKO on Thursday issued a rare unprompted legislative proposal to the government for establishing the independent agency, pointing out that it is currently impossible for people to request a cost-free statement from an impartial authority on medical insurance-related legal disputes.

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jMinister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR) has come under criticism for participating in an anti-abortion vigil while on an official visit to Ottawa, Canada, in May. (Credit: Otto Ponto – Lehtikuva)
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR) has come under criticism for participating in an anti-abortion vigil while on an official visit to Ottawa, Canada, in May. (Credit: Otto Ponto – Lehtikuva)

 

Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini’s (BR) participation in an anti-abortion event while on an official visit to Ottawa, Canada, in May is problematic, views Tuomas Pöysti, the Finnish Chancellor of Justice.

Pöysti on Tuesday said Soini should show restraint and good judgement when it comes to his statements whenever travelling abroad to represent Finland.

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The Finnish government’s much-discussed bill would especially erode protection against unilateral termination in female-dominated fields, says Millariikka Rytkönen, the chairperson of the Union of Social and Health Care Professionals (Tehy). (Credit: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)
The Finnish government’s much-discussed bill would especially erode protection against unilateral termination in female-dominated fields, says Millariikka Rytkönen, the chairperson of the Union of Social and Health Care Professionals (Tehy). (Credit: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

 

The Union of Social and Health Care Professionals (Tehy) and the Finnish Union of Practical Nurses (Super) announced yesterday they will introduce a three-day overtime and shift-trading ban on Wednesday, 26 September, 2018.

The ban is a response to a draft bill presented by the government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre), which would make laying off easier for businesses with no more than 20 employees.

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The Iraqi delegation will not provide “the wrong people” with a channel to receive a residence permit during its few-week stay in Finland, assures Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
The Iraqi delegation will not provide “the wrong people” with a channel to receive a residence permit during its few-week stay in Finland, assures Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Iraq will send a delegation of officials to Finland to grant passports to Iraqi asylum seekers in order to enable them to seek legal employment and apply for an employment-based residence permit in Finland, YLE and Helsingin Sanomat reported on Thursday.

“We’re talking about hundreds of Iraqis, up to 500 people,” Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, told YLE.

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Ann Selin, the chairperson of Service Union United (PAM), says PAM is also prepared to resort to strikes and other industrial actions in order to compel the government to scrap its much-discussed bill. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Ann Selin, the chairperson of Service Union United (PAM), says PAM is also prepared to resort to strikes and other industrial actions in order to compel the government to scrap its much-discussed bill. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Service Union United (PAM) on Tuesday announced that its executive board has decided to launch a union-wide overtime ban.

“The overtime ban will apply to all sectors covered by PAM. We are already preparing for political strikes and other industrial actions in co-operation with other trade unions,” declared Ann Selin, the chairperson of PAM.

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The Finnish government convened to discuss its budget proposal for next year at Kesäranta, the official residence of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre), in Helsinki on 28 August. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)
The Finnish government convened to discuss its budget proposal for next year at Kesäranta, the official residence of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre), in Helsinki on 28 August. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

 

Juha Lavapuro, a professor of public law at the University of Turku, and Martin Scheinin, a professor of international law and human rights at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, have expressed their concern about the deterioration of the principles of the rule of law in Finland.

Scheinin views in a recent blog entry that the process has already begun.

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Finland witnessed a genuine improvement in the employment situation between July 2017 and July 2018, according to Pellervo Economic Research Institute (PTT). (Credit: Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)
Finland witnessed a genuine improvement in the employment situation between July 2017 and July 2018, according to Pellervo Economic Research Institute (PTT). (Credit: Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Pellervo Economic Research Institute (PTT) has offered a sobering assessment of the long-term unemployment situation in Finland.

PTT on Thursday called attention to the rather modest, eight-per-cent decrease in the number of labour subsidy recipients – which, according to it, is a relatively accurate measurement of long-term unemployment – between July 2017 and July 2018.

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Robin Lardot has stepped aside temporarily as the director of the National Bureau of Investigation (KRP), as per a decision by the Ministry of the Interior. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)
Robin Lardot has stepped aside temporarily as the director of the National Bureau of Investigation (KRP), as per a decision by the Ministry of the Interior. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

 

Robin Lardot, the director of the National Bureau of Investigation (KRP), has been suspended from duty with immediate effect pending the outcome of court proceedings, according to the Finnish Ministry of the Interior.

Lardot has been charged with violation of official duty in a massive malfeasance case revolving around Jari Aarnio, a former head of drug enforcement at Helsinki Police Department.

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Standard & Poor’s on Friday re-affirmed its AA+ credit rating and stable outlook for Finland. Carrying out structural reforms will be key for maintaining, let alone improving, the credit rating, it said. (Credit: Stan Honda – AFP/Lehtikuva)
Standard & Poor’s on Friday re-affirmed its AA+ credit rating and stable outlook for Finland. Carrying out structural reforms will be key for maintaining, let alone improving, the credit rating, it said. (Credit: Stan Honda – AFP/Lehtikuva)

 

Standard & Poor’s warns that Finland could lose its AA+ credit rating if it fails to carry out structural reforms.

The credit rating agency points out that if the much-needed reforms were to be unsuccessful, it could lead to weaker growth or a substantial deterioration of fiscal performance and, thereby, to a sharp increase in the debt levels of Finland.

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The Finnish Industrial Union will introduce an overtime at its workplaces across Finland on 17 September, 2018, in protest of a government bill to make laying off easier for small companies. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
The Finnish Industrial Union will introduce an overtime at its workplaces across Finland on 17 September, 2018, in protest of a government bill to make laying off easier for small companies. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

The Finnish Industrial Union and Trade Union Pro announced yesterday they will introduce an overtime ban at their workplaces on Monday, 17 September, in protest of a government bill to make laying off easier for small companies.

The overtime ban is the first measure in what is expected to be a series of industrial actions against the much-criticised bill.

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