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JHL satisfied with the planned job security rule
for the municipal reform

JHL (04.07.2012 - Juhani Artto) The government of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen offers in its programme* strong job security guarantees to municipal employees who will be affected by the broad and radical municipal reform underway. "Wherever restructuring processes are instituted, the position of Staff members will be secured at the level determined by current legislation", the programme of the six-party coalition government affirms. In effect, this means a five-year job security period.

Just recently JHL and the other concerned union organizations stressed the importance of the government’s commitment in a joint statement. The union organizations issued their statement after some influential public figures had questioned the relevance of the five-year job security rule.

JHL and the other organizations say that the five-year job security makes it easier to implement and usher in the demanding reform process in practice. It also helps municipalities to live with the challenges, caused by the massive retirement of municipal employees in the near future, the organizations argue.

"The job security increases trust and motivates personnel to become more involved in developing municipal services. Municipalities are not challenged by excess personnel but by difficulties in finding and employing qualified labour adequately ", the organizations stress.

Almost 150,000 municipal employees - more than a third of the current over 430,000 municipal employees - will retire by 2020, Keva (formerly The Local Government Pensions Institution) estimates.

*Programme of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen's Government - "Policy approach to local government and development of public administration" on pages from 132 to 139