Ursula von der Leyen, the president-designate of the European Commission, has said she will propose the introduction of an EU-wide statutory minimum wage. (Kenzo Tribouillard – AFP/Lehtikuva)

NORDISKA UNIONEN, a Nordic confederation of trade unions in the grocery sector, has voiced its reservations about the idea of adopting a minimum wage across the European Union.

Ursula von der Leyen, the president-designate of the European Commission, revealed during her leadership campaign that she will propose that a statutory minimum wage be introduced for employees across the 28-country bloc.

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A screen capture of a one-euro listing of a 503-square-metre commercial property in Merihaka, Helsinki. (Screen capture – Etuovi.com)

AN UNUSUAL 29-room, 503-square-metre property is for sale in Merihaka, Helsinki.

The massive commercial property, which is currently housing a hostel, is listed for a price of one euro, but the listing states clearly, in capital letters, that the property will be sold on the basis of offers – a detail that appears to have gone unnoticed by some prospective buyers.

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Senior officers at the National Bureau of Investigation shed light on a long-running effort to bring down United Brotherhood in Vantaa on Monday, 9 September 2019. (Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva)

THE DISTRICT COURT of Eastern Uusimaa has been asked to prohibit the activities of United Brotherhood and its affiliate, Bad Union.

Helsingin Sanomat on Tuesday reported that a claim calling for the ban and subsequent dissolution of the criminal organisations was filed with the court by district prosecutor Anna-Riikka Ruuth and the National Police Board on Friday, 6 September.

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Most Finns view that social security benefits are used too freely by people who do not need them, shows a survey commissioned by the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA). (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

ROUGHLY TWO-THIRDS of Finns are of the opinion that social security benefits are used too freely also by people who do not necessarily need them, finds a survey commissioned by the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA).

The survey examined public attitudes towards social security.

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Sirpa Paatero (SDP), the Minister of Local Government and Ownership Steering, has revealed that the government has begun considering what to do with Posti. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

SOMETHING has to be done about Posti, views Sirpa Paatero (SDP), the Minister of Local Government and Ownership Steering.

Paatero on Thursday estimated on YLE Radio 1 that the Finnish state-owned postal services provider cannot continue its operations in their current form and added that the government is weighing up its options when it comes to the company.

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A vest with United Brotherhood’s insignia hangs on a chair in a photograph distributed by the National Bureau of Investigation (KRP). (Handout – National Bureau of Investigation)

FINNISH law enforcement authorities have conducted a series of raids over the past week or so in connection with what they currently consider the most dangerous criminal organisation in Finland, United Brotherhood.

The National Bureau of Investigation (KRP) on Monday revealed that raids have been carried out in a total of nine cities and three prisons.

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Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo (Greens) underlines that there is no justification for threatening to use violence. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

A NUMBER OF Finnish policy makers have commented on the death threat received last weekend by Minister of Transport and Communications Sanna Marin (SDP).

Maria Ohisalo (Greens), the Minister of the Interior, on Sunday reminded that even though debates and disagreements are hallmarks of democracy, making violent threats is not justified under any circumstances

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Posti in August announced it is looking to create cost savings of up to 200 million by 2021. (Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

POSTI, the Finnish state-owned postal services provider, is intent on slashing the wages of up to 8,000 employees, according to information obtained by Helsingin Sanomat.

Media reports that emerged some two weeks ago indicated that the state-owned service provider is set to slash the base wages of roughly 700 parcel-handling employees in order to align them with those of its competitors.

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The Ministry of Justice has reported that district courts have failed to forward hundreds of sentences for criminal offences to the authorities responsible for enforcing them in recent years. (Timo Heikkala – Lehtikuva)

A COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN has led to hundreds of sentences for criminal offences not being enforced in Finland between 2013 and 2019, according to the Ministry of Justice.

The Ministry of Justice on Monday reported that district courts have failed to submit a minimum of 579 sentences to the two authorities responsible for enforcing prison and fine sentences: the Criminal Sanctions Agency and the Legal Register Centre.

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Sanna Marin, the Minister of Transport and Communications, revealed on Friday that the adoption of a law on lightweight vehicles will be postponed by a year, until 1 November 2019. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

SANNA MARIN (SDP), the Minister of Transport and Communications, says she has received a death threat after she announced that the implementation of a new law on lightweight vehicles will be postponed.

Marin told Aamulehti on Sunday that someone sent her a text message the previous evening threatening to run her over with a car.

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