Unions continue their campaign against government austerity measures

Finland

The SAK and STTK trade union confederations are continuing their campaign against government proposals that attack the welfare state, employment and trade union rights. The next step will be a national demonstration in Helsinki on 1 February. They are also calling for support from civil society organisations. The confederations have been participating in tripartite working groups, discussions set up by the government and in parliamentary hearings, emphasising how badly workers will be affected by the government’s policies. The first reductions affecting the unemployed have already entered into force and next up are weaker dismissal rights, unpaid sick leave and restrictions on the right to strike. SAK and STTK argue that the government's reforms are purely ideological and without any proven employment or economic impact.

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