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The Finnish government has no intention to scrap the much-discussed bill that would make laying off easier for small businesses, says Jari Lindström (BR), the Minister of Employment. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)
The Finnish government has no intention to scrap the much-discussed bill that would make laying off easier for small businesses, says Jari Lindström (BR), the Minister of Employment. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

 

Jari Lindström (BR), the Minister of Employment, says he has sat down with labour market organisations to discuss a bill that would make laying off easier for small businesses, but stresses that the government has no intention whatsoever to scrap the controversial bill.

“Some of the responses have been along the lines that the only impactful thing to do is to withdraw the bill, but that’s something the government won’t do,” he said in the Parliament on Thursday.

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“I’ve stated earlier that the government’s objective is to lower the threshold for hiring and reduce the risks of hiring for small companies. We don’t want a fight and we’re ready to talk about things, but if the starting point is that there’s no compromise to be found, then the situation is naturally difficult,” he said.

The Finnish Industrial Union and Trade Union Pro declared one day earlier that they will introduce an overtime ban in protest of the bill, which would allow businesses with no more than 20 employees to make lay-offs on personal grounds.

The overtime ban is to begin on Monday, 17 September.

The Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland (Akava) and the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK) have similarly voiced their opposition to the bill.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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