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Allowing ageing job seekers with limited employment prospects to retire would be an honourable act, views Jari Lindström (PS), the Minister of Justice and Employment.
Allowing ageing job seekers with limited employment prospects to retire would be an honourable act, views Jari Lindström (PS), the Minister of Justice and Employment.

The Finnish Government has received praise for its proposal to allow over 60-year-old long-term unemployed to retire.

Jari Lindström (PS), the Minister of Justice and Employment, stated on Saturday that allowing elderly job seekers to retire would be an honourable act as even enhanced measures have proven insufficient in helping them find employment, wrote YLE.

“Nor would it be terrible expensive,” Sampo Terho, the chairperson of the Finns Party Parliamentary Group, added in an interview with the national broadcasting company on Monday. The measure, he pointed out, is only estimated to cost 20–30 million euros.

Antti Lindtman, the chairperson of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group, commended both the Finns Party and the Government for considering what he pointed out is a feature of the long-term unemployment programme of the Social Democratic Party.

“I'm very pleased that people are longer forced to wait in lines at [employment] service counters,” he said.

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) has similarly welcomed the proposal, according to YLE.

Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of SAK, reminded in an interview with the national broadcasting company that a similar legislative measure was introduced in 2005 to allow roughly 4,000 over 57-year-old people who had been without a job for more than ten years to retire.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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