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Petri Vanhala (left) of the Paperworkers’ Union and Jarkko Eloranta (right) of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Union discussed the government’s plan to make laying off easier for small businesses in Helsinki on Monday, 3 August. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Petri Vanhala (left) of the Paperworkers’ Union and Jarkko Eloranta (right) of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Union discussed the government’s plan to make laying off easier for small businesses in Helsinki on Monday, 3 August. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) has confirmed it will take organisation-wide action in protest of the government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).

SAK on Monday announced its executive board has decided to introduce protest measures if the government refuses not to suspend preparatory work on a bill that would allow businesses with no more than 20 staff to lay off staff on personal grounds.

“We continue to hope that the government comes to its senses regarding the so-called face-based lay-offs. But if that does not happen, we will take organisation-wide action,” stated Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson at SAK.

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No details about the timetable, extent and location of the actions were disclosed on Monday.

Eloranta revealed that all member unions of the central organisation have announced their readiness to participate in the protest measures, a fact he considers proof of the widespread discontent stirred up by the bill.

“The unions have decided on the measures in a site-specific fashion, but their timetable, extent or exact location will not be disclosed in advance,” he said.

SAK also expressed its delight that dissatisfaction about the bill is not limited to its member unions but that protest measures are under consideration also at Trade Union Pro, the Trade Union of Education (OAJ) and the Union of Health and Social Care Professionals (Tehy).

“The government now has an opportunity to demonstrate that wage earners have already compromised on their well-being enough for the common good. You cannot and must not ask for more concessions,” underscored Eloranta.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi