JHL is satisfied with the
general direction of the new government programme but criticizes cuts in
financing of municipal services
Helsinki (20.06.2011 - Juhani Artto) Tuire Santamäki-Vuori, the President of
the Trade Union for Public and Welfare Sectors JHL, regards the new
government programme as decent considering the difficult starting points of
JHL welcomes the plan to develop the structure of municipalities so
that stronger municipalities - in contrast to the current situation - would be
responsible for organising services. JHL is also grateful for the decision
to offer municipal employees proper job security when carrying out
structural changes after 2013. The existing job security guarantees were due
to end in 2013.
A third point pleasing JHL is the suppression of the badly failed
productivity programme, which has been carried out in the State
In her first comment on the government programme, announced on Friday,
Santamäki-Vuori voices criticism over two things. Tightening financing of
welfare services is a step in the wrong direction, she says.
- Cuts in State support to the municipalities weaken municipal services. The
economic resources are not in balance or sync with the tasks and
responsibilities the municipalities are expected to fulfil by the State.
She also regrets the programme's approach to the legislative deficiencies
concerning temporary employees, agency labour and the self-employed. In
spite of the weak commitment to improve the labour and social legislation
applicable to these groups, Santamäki-Vuori expects the government to carry out
reforms that would benefit them.