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Many German businesses have pledged not to lay off their staff members during so-called recovery agreement periods, points out Lauri Ihalainen (SDP), a former Minister of Labour.Lauri Ihalainen (SDP), a former Minister of Labour, has called attention to the words of President Sauli Niinistö on price competitiveness.

The Government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has drawn up a number of employment-related measures to improve the competitiveness of domestic industries, including a legislative change that would allow for local bargaining.

“Improvements in price competitiveness cannot be solely about the easier distribution of gains. We must implement sufficiently general – or even company-specific – commitments to using the gains as discussed, in order to safeguard jobs,” Niinistö stated in his New Year's Speech.

His ideas are both interesting and topical, according to Ihalainen.

“I dare concretise and elaborate on this important idea further. An essential precondition for local bargaining in Germany is trust, which rests upon the representation of employees in the administrative boards of companies. Company-specific, so-called recovery agreements have also been adopted there during difficult times. The employees have been rewarded for their flexibility after the difficulties have been overcome,” Ihalainen said in his speech in Vantaa on Wednesday.

“Of course, this is not unheard of in Finland,” he added.

“Several companies in Germany, however, have also committed to not making any lay-offs during the period of recovery agreements for the sake of their credibility. Fair game. Could a concrete idea such as this, which supports the thinking of the President, become a part of local bargaining also in Finland?” Ihalainen asked in his speech.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Petteri Paalasmaa / Uusi Suomi
Source: Uusi Suomi

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