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JHL opens up special web site on working conditions in atypical jobs

JHL (07.07.2011 ) In the 2000s working conditions for employees in atypical jobs have improved but they still do not have the same rights and benefits as the permanently employed, full-time employees. The Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sector JHL has been in the forefront in the fight for equal rights of employees in atypical jobs.

In late June JHL began to use a new tool in this fight. The union opened up a special web site on atypical employment issues. The Finnish language material sets out to explain some basic facts on working conditions for employees in various forms of atypical employment. The material covers all the major groups of atypical employment: fixed-term employment, part-time work, self-employment and agency labour. In Finland about 700,000 men and women work in atypical forms of employment. That makes up almost 30 per cent of the present labour force of 2.5 million.

The main elements of JHL web site's special pages focus on working hours, pay matters and unemployment benefits. The FAQ page concretises some of the issues by replying to questions concerning detailed cases. This is one of the questions: "My work consists of both cleaning and cooking. How is my wage determined?" And another: "I have had six consecutive fixed-term jobs at the same employer. Have I now the right to get a permanent job?"

These two are easy questions but many other relevant questions are so complicated that only legal experts on working life and experienced activists (shop stewards etc.) know all the ins and outs of labour law that have to be paid attention to. This is regrettable but at the same time it underlines the significance of the trade unions. They help rank and file members wherever their rights are threatened. This is also briefly explained on JHL's new special web site at http://www.jhl.fi/portal/fi/edunvalvonta/patkatyot/.

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