The trade unions have interrupted their ongoing acts of industrial action to negotiate with the Finnish Government on their new proposal for labour market legislation.
Akava's president Sture Fjäder addressed the Tripartite Social Summit in Brussels today, foucusing on the Multi-annual Financial Framework 2012-2027. He called for more funds for Erasmus+ and Horizon programmes, which are future-oriented EU programmes. Their size should be doubled to strengthen employability and the knowledge-based Europe.
PM Sipilä wants to undermine trade union movement resistance to the planned law allowing for easy dismissal in small companies by calling for a confidence vote in Parliament.
The dispute over Government efforts to make it easier to dismiss employees in small companies has not abated. Quite the contrary.
More than 70 companies, trade unions and NGO's are campaigning for a Finnish law on mandatory human rights due diligence. The campaign called Ykkösketjuun is coordinated by the Finnish industry watchdog Finnwatch.
A number of trade unions have already instated an overtime ban as of Monday 17 September. The unions are demanding that the Government withdraw their planned amendment to the Employment Contracts Act which is aimed at easing the criteria for individual dismissal in businesses employing 20 people or less.
Vuokko Piekkala took up her new post as National Conciliator on Monday 6 August. Immediately after the Finnish Government appointed her she alarmed the trade unions by her comments to the media back in July.
Akava proposes that a strategic programme concerning the diversification of work should be prepared in Finland as a means of responding to the transformation of work and preparing for the related changes in working life.