Leila Kostiainen, the General Secretary of the STTK:
Employment issues at the forefront of the government programme
STTK (24.04.2011) Although the result of the Parliamentary election was a
something of a surprise, Leila Kostiainen, the General Secretary of the
STTK, believes that STTK will enjoy good cooperation with the next
always strives to have good cooperation with the government regardless what
parties have formed it. And so it will be now also. We do not foresee any
obstacles to this being the case."
Kostiainen expects the inter-party negotiations to lead to a majority
government that will be able, together with the labour market organizations,
to push the economy forward.
"If the three largest parties (Conservatives, Social-Democrats and True
Finns) form the next government, employment issues will almost definitely be
in the forefront of its programme."
"All three parties clearly aim to improve the employment situation and
increase employment opportunities in Finland. This fits very well with STTK’s thinking."
As regards taxation, Kostiainen is firmly of the belief that a common
understanding can be reached on how to collect enough taxes to finance all
necessary welfare services. Tax money is also needed to maintain the jobs
where many rank and file members of STTK unions work, Kostiainen adds.
The extension of work careers is a common goal of all political parties and
the labour market organizations, Kostiainen reminds us. She believes that a
common understanding on the means to reach this goal will be found.
"Work careers have to be extended to put the economy on a sustainable
footing. People will live older, so it is fair to use part of this extension
in the working life."
"We can agree on means and ways to extend work careers as soon as facts are
recognized. The most effective way to extend work careers is to improve
employment and to reduce the number of people being transferred to
disability pension. Very little can be achieved by raising the retirement
age", Kostiainen stresses.