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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.

"In 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 out.

"The 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.
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Santamäki-Vuori proposes systematic mapping, revision and rectification of regulations in labour and social legislation that cause inequality.