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Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions, on Friday questioned business owners’ estimates of the number of jobs created by a government proposal to ease laying off for small businesses. (Credit: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)
Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions, on Friday questioned business owners’ estimates of the number of jobs created by a government proposal to ease laying off for small businesses. (Credit: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

 

Harri Jaskari (NCP), a third-term Member of Parliament from Pirkanmaa, has voiced his frustration with the heated debate surrounding a government proposal to make laying off easier for small businesses.

“The saddest part of the whole ordeal is that bystanders are the ones suffering,” he laments in a blog posted on Puheenvuoro on Sunday.

Jaskari drew attention to media reports emerging from a meeting of the regional directors of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) in Helsinki on Friday. Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of SAK, reportedly made the attendees burst out in laughter by reminding that, according to the Federation of Finnish Enterprises, the proposal projected to create tens of thousands of new jobs.

“No one’s asking whether this is true or not,” he said on Friday. “This information comes from a source that’s very reliable indeed: a survey sent to the members of an entrepreneurs’ organisation.”

“The hostility towards entrepreneurs is tangible,” retorted Jaskari. “It is apparently amusing to ask for an estimate from entrepreneurs. Who should you ask if not them?”

“Businesses paid for industrial peace during the latest round of negotiations, but it does not seem to matter. The Finnish economy began its growth relatively slowly specifically because of labour market rigidities, but now you are putting an end to growth by organising strikes.”

Jaskari also expressed his frustration with the fact that image politics are blurring the underlying issue.

“Who can deny the fact that we will have to raise our employment rate further if we want to preserve the welfare state?” he asked.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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