Jari Lindström (BR), the Minister of Employment, has admitted that the much-berated, so-called activation model for unemployment security is not completely without its problems.
“Its well-meaning objective is to boost employment [and] encourage the unemployed to accept short-term job offers. The problem is […] how you can prove that you have been active,” he wrote in a blog on Puheenvuoro on Thursday.
Lindström highlighted that he himself has noted repeatedly that the impacts of the activation model must be assessed carefully and the model amended if necessary.
The Finnish government’s proposal to punish unemployed job seekers for failure to meet a series of activation criteria has come under heavy criticism from the unemployed and members of the opposition. The proposal would cut the unemployment benefits of job seekers who fail to meet the criteria by 4.65 per cent for a period of 65 days.
The criteria prescribe that job seekers must spend a pre-determined period of time in employment, self-employment or participating in activities that promote their employment prospects.
Critics of the activation model have argued that it is unreasonable to punish job seekers if their efforts to find employment fail to bear fruit.
“I recognise that many have condemned [the activation model], but if we don’t succeed in helping people join the ranks of the employed, I think also that’ll be condemned by many,” replied Lindström.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi