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Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (Centre) has hinted at the possibility of making changes to a much-criticised government bill to make laying off easier for small businesses. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (Centre) has hinted at the possibility of making changes to a much-criticised government bill to make laying off easier for small businesses. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Mika Lintilä (Centre), the Minister of Economic Affairs, has hinted at the possibility of making major changes to a much-criticised bill that would allow small businesses to lay off employees on personal grounds.

Lintilä told YLE on Friday that the government may yet re-consider the size of the businesses to be afforded the possibility.

“We’re currently evaluating the feedback received during the circulation for comments and whether or not we’ll make any changes to the content. One possibility is that we’ll consider and take a close look at dropping the limit from 20 [employees] to 10,” he stated on YLE Radio 1.

The Finnish government has marketed the bill as a means to tackle the obstacles to hiring. Lintilä on Friday reminded that the fear of making poor hiring decisions is real especially for very small businesses.

The bill has nevertheless come under a flood of criticism and resulted in trade unions announcing their readiness to take action to thwart it.

Jari Lindström (BR), the Minister of Employment, declared earlier last week that the government has no intention whatsoever to withdraw the bill but indicated that it could yet re-consider the 20-employee limit.

“We don’t want a fight. But us withdrawing something is a no go,” he commented last week according to Verkkouutiset. “We’re looking at if [the limit] could be something other than 20. But at the moment it’s 20, and we haven’t talked about anything else.”

Lindström also lashed out at trade unions for making unfounded arguments against the bill.

“You first tell that the government is set to bring a bill to the Parliament that’d make it possible to lay off staff because of their looks or participation in trade union activity. That’s absolute rubbish. Feel free to oppose the bill if you want to, but you can't make incorrect arguments. And taking action based on this, I think it’s irresponsible,” he was quoted as saying by Verkkouutiset.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi