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
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
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