The University of Helsinki has announced massive lay-offs despite closing its books for last year with a surplus of 46 million euros, the Finnish Union of University Professors and the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers point out in a joint press release.
“A university is not a company the purpose of which is to generate a profit,” reminds Kaarle Hämeri, the chairperson of the Finnish Union of University Professors. “It is possible to post a balanced annual financial statement without resorting to lay-offs.”
“The personnel cuts in Helsinki now appear increasingly front-loaded and immoderate,” adds Petri Koikkalainen, the chairperson of the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers.
Hämeri and Koikkalainen also point out that the profits reported by the University of Helsinki far exceed the revenues reported by the entire University of Vaasa in 2015. The University of Helsinki announced in January that it will lay off 560 employees in the first half of the year and reduce an additional 400 positions by means of non-renewals of fixed-term contracts and pension arrangements.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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Source: Uusi Suomi