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TU's Rinne wants support to Ireland conditioned
by higher company tax


TU (24.11.2010) Antti Rinne, the President of the Union of Salaried Employees TU, rejects the plan to bail out Ireland without an assurance that Irish corporation tax be raised.

- Finnish tax-payers should not be expected to allow Ireland to continue, after the bailout operation, its economic policy that is unfair and dangerous towards European wage and salary earners. Ireland has to bring its corporate tax back into line with the average level of the EU Member States.

- Ireland has succeeded in garnering foreign investments by means of unhealthy tax competition. One has to remember that employees lost jobs and states lost tax incomes in countries from where, for example, IT jobs were transferred to Ireland.

In Ireland the company tax base is 12.5, in Finland 26 and on average in the EU Member States 23 per cent.

Rinne is highly critical of the view of Ireland expressed by Jussi Mustonen who works as a director of the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK. According to Mustonen the most vigorous impact of Ireland's bank crisis on other European countries is primarily indirect. In such a situation no financial support from abroad would be needed in Ireland, Rinne states. He regards EK's comments on Ireland as lobbying for a lower company tax in Finland.