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.
“We expect that all employees are treated equally regardless of the size of their employer and demand that the government withdraw its proposal,” Millariikka Rytkönen, the chairperson of Tehy, stated in a press release on Monday.
She argued that the matter is also a question of equality because the draft bill would limit protection against unilateral termination particularly in female-dominated fields.
“The revision has a negative effect on female-dominated sectors and further erodes the labour market position of women. Provisions on protection against unilateral termination are often laid out in collective agreements in male-dominated sectors, unlike in female-dominated sectors, where such protection is non-existent,” said Rytkönen.
The first industrial actions protesting the much-discussed draft bill were launched yesterday in the manufacturing and transport industries.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi