Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) announced yesterday his three-party ruling coalition will put its employment policy approach to a vote in the Finnish Parliament.
The government has yet to present its legislative proposal to make laying off easier for businesses with no more than 10 employees, which has provoked not only widespread public debate but also industrial actions from numerous trade unions, to the Parliament.
“Because there have been calls to the stop preparatory work and scrap the controversial law, we’ve decided to seek support for the employment policy and its continuation by means of a statement presented to the Parliament. We’re asking the Parliament whether we should continue in this direction,” said Sipilä.
“This is an exceptional measure. [But] this is not the first time in history it’s being used,” he added.
The Parliament is expected to discuss the statement on Tuesday and vote on it on Wednesday, according to Sipilä.
Jari Lindström (BR), the Minister of Employment, stressed that the vote is not about any single legislative project, but rather about the general direction of employment policy in Finland. Sipilä, similarly, reminded that the much-discussed legislative project is one of a number of measures the government has introduced in an attempt to improve the employment situation.
Members of the Parliament have an opportunity to issue a motion of no confidence against the government as part of a debate on any government statement, a parliamentary spokesperson reminded on Thursday.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi