Several opposition parties have echoed the criticism of trade unions by voicing their dismay at the outcomes of the final framework session of the government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).
The government announced last week it will encourage businesses to hire new employees by, first, making it easier for businesses with fewer than 20 employees to lay off staff and, second, allowing employers to hire under 30-year-old unemployed job seekers on fixed-term contracts without having to justify the fixed term.
Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democratic Party, on Tuesday warned that the measures will only increase uncertainty among young people in Finland.
“The uncertainty would be even greater if there were no jobs,” replied Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance. He assured that the government is not seeking to condemn young people to a life of unemployment but rather to offer them an opportunity to enter the labour market.
“What is it that’s so bad about working?” he asked.
Rinne was not the only opposition leader to criticise the measures.
Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, viewed that the decisions are gnawing away at young people’s confidence in the future and complicating their life situation by, for example, making it increasingly difficult to get a loan.
“The government threw ice-cold water on employees and young people,” she summarised. “This reform discriminates against young people and will probably especially erode the position of young women, who already are working on fixed-term contracts in high numbers.”
Touko Aalto, the chairperson of the Green League, said the government has its hands deep in the pockets of young people.
“The government says it’s concerned about the birth rate, but its decisions only bring more uncertainty to the lives of young people by trapping under 30-year-olds into a deepening cycle of short-term jobs,” he slammed.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi