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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) met members of the public in downtown Lahti on Saturday, 21 April, 2018.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) met members of the public in downtown Lahti on Saturday, 21 April, 2018.

 

The single most important challenge of the next electoral term will be to provide safe passage through the changes caused by digitalisation, robotisation, artificial intelligence and other technological advances, views Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).

“Many jobs will disappear, but new ones will be created,” he stated to his fellow party members in Lahti on Saturday.

“There’s a need to retrain a million people. That’s why education must be reformed. That’s why we must align employment with social security in a completely new way. The basic income experiment launched this electoral term is a good starting point.”

The next government must also continue to reform the labour markets by, for example, promoting local bargaining, in order to raise the national employment rate to 75 per cent, according to Sipilä.

“Comprehensive skills development is the best protection of employees in the midst of changes. Should we, for example, consider allowing businesses to deduct [the costs of] trainings that don’t fully correspond with the job descriptions of employees but expand their skills? Should we have employment offices, administered by the private or third sector, specialising only in employing people with partial work ability?” he envisioned.

Sipilä also refused to throw in the towel in the face of polls suggesting the next parliamentary elections will be a battle between the National Coalition and Social Democrats.

“We intend to win the elections,” he affirmed. “It boils down to whether this group has the willingness to win. The last electoral term was the thesis of the red-blue coalition [a coalition between the National Coalition and Social Democrats]. The grade: F. The end result: 100,000 unemployed people.”

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Samuli Ikäheimo – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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