Municipal reform needs support of municipal employees
JHL (10.02.2012 - Juhani Artto)
The profound and radical municipal reform plans envisaged by the government
cannot succeed without the support of municipal
employees, the board of the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare
Sectors JHL, made clear on Thursday. Genuine cooperation between the
employer side and
employees is one of the preconditions for establishing this support.
Any efforts to harmonise wages and salaries in municipalities, which are to
must be negotiated in good faith and the necessary resources for
harmonization must be made available. Also, different personnel sectors must
equally and working conditions have to be developed and improved. These are
among the altogether eight preconditions for employee support of the
reform listed by JHL’s board.
One important area is job security. In this regard JHL
is satisfied with the programme of the present government, which guarantees
a continuation of employment for existing employees for several years to
come after any amalgamation.
The goal of this local authority reform is to restructure the network of
in a way that enables municipalities to carry out the responsibilities
mandated to them and to offer decent services which are acceptable to people
everywhere in ‘greying’ Finland,
JHL's board underlines.
"In addition to the ageing of the population local authority reform must
account, among other things, the growing need of services for children and
people in areas where the total population is growing."
The over 600-page report, published on Wednesday and drawn up by a task
made up of civil servants, wants to keep both the organizing and the
provision of welfare services as tasks which belong to the municipalities. JHL's board
strongly supports this starting point.