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JHL: Positive interaction between employers and employees leads to longer work careers

JHL (14.05.2012 - Juhani Artto) In Finland there prevails a common understanding on the need to extend work careers, Union Council of JHL stated in its communique on Thursday. "In labour-intensive sectors it is possible to extend work careers and raise productivity, when the personnel are motivated and conscious of goals and feel well."

To a large extent it depends on the employers' willingness and ability to integrate well-being at work and occupational safety with planning, management and monitoring, the Council stressed. "It means better interaction with the personnel, relevant work and fair combination of tasks." Employees need to have real impact on their own work and working hours, the personnel must qualitatively and quantitatively match the given tasks and supervisors and management must be properly trained for their work, the Council listed.

The annual three-day training for all employees, the public sector included, must be implemented without delay, the Council urged. Labour market organizations and the government agreed on this in October 2011 as part of the broad labour market framework agreement. Since the approval of the agreement employers have tried to back out of the promised annual three-day training for all employees.

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