Jari Lindström (BR), the Minister of Employment, on Thursday announced the government has discontinued its preparatory work on relaxing the requirements for hiring young unemployed job seekers on fixed-term contracts.
“Some are certainly delighted that we will not move forward with this forward. But I am not one of them,” he stated on the website of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.
The decision was welcomed particularly by opposition parties and trade unions.
“A triumph of reason,” tweeted Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats.
“This is excellent news for the young people, youth organisations and all others who campaigned for abandoning this proposal. Young people must have equal right to a fair working life, and studies have shown that making hiring on fixed-term contracts easier does not increase youth employment,” Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, wrote on Facebook.
The Finnish government was intent on allowing businesses to hire under 30-year-old job seekers who have been unemployed for at least three months on fixed-term contracts without having to provide justification for the fixed term. The measure was marketed as a means to support the ability of young people to enter the working life.
“I doubt anyone is opposed to that,” said Lindström.
Some critics estimated that the proposal would have led to a system that placed job seekers in an unequal position based on their age and, as a result, was unconstitutional.
Lindström denied that this was the case. “It would have been possible to draft a system that complies with both the constitution and international obligations, but it would have been very bureaucratic and its effects very limited,” he explained.
He also assured that the government will continue its work to combat youth unemployment.
“We are not about to abandon the ultimate objective of the proposal – reducing youth unemployment. We have agreed that the government will draw up other measures in the next framework session to reduce it,” pledged Lindström.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi