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.
The national labour confederations of Finland (SAK, Akava and STTK) are reopening their summer job information service on Wednesday 2. May. Summer job advisor Juuli Jokinen urges all summer job employees to study the terms and conditions of a job carefully before signing the employment contract, and to contact the information service for advice before starting work.
The trade unions have been vocal in their criticism of the Government decision to weaken employment security for those under 30 years of age or those working in companies with less than 20 employees.
A strike in the financial services sector was avoided at the eleventh hour. The parties reached an agreement on the new collective agreement on the evening before the first three days work stoppage in banks was due to begin.
Most unemployment funds have traditionally been an integral part of trade unions in Finland. The first union to start an unemployment fund was the Book Printers' Union in 1895. Since the decree of 1917 the Union unemployment funds have been receiving financial support from the state.
A large number of public sector collective agreements expired at the end of January. Negotiations are now ongoing and some forms of industrial action are already taking place.
A number of leading trade unions have organised a political strike on Friday February 2 against the Government’s new legislation aimed at cutting unemployment security.