JHL is closely
monitoring how public sector's
private subcontractors use temporary labour
JHL (08.10.2010 -
Juhani Artto) Outsourcing of public services should not lead to weaker
working conditions or working environment, says Tuire Santamäki-Vuori, the
President of the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL.
resolving this principle the recent High Court decision, in a case
initiated by the JHL, is very significant.
According to the verdict, temporary employment
relations cannot be "chained" (i.e. whereby the employee has to accept a
series of fixed term contracts) on the basis of tendered service contracts
having been won for a limited period of time", Tuire Santamäki-Vuori points
High Court verdict -together with the coming reform that will make the
legislation on the use of temporary employment contracts more clear-cut and
precise in definition- allows us to expect that it will become easier to
intervene when there is repeated use of temporary labour."
Preparation on reform measures began this autumn.
Outsourcing of public services is common, especially in the area of social
services. Private companies and associations produce most of the services in
institutions for children and young people. The same holds true for services
offered to residents in service compounds.
JHL has decided to monitor closely just how private subcontractors operating
in the public service sector make use of temporary labour. In addition, the
union strongly advises employers to correct their own mistakes and reverse
the wrong decisions they have taken and do so without prompting.
"It is also important to ensure fair and equitable working conditions,
concerning for example annual, sick and maternity leave, regardless of the
form of employment relation."
Santamäki-Vuori proposes systematic mapping, revision and rectification of
regulations in labour and social legislation that cause inequality.