Eloranta concerned about municipalities' ability to provide services
JHL (26.09.2012 - Juhani Artto)
Jarkko Eloranta, the President of the JHL, is deeply concerned about the
ability of municipalities to provide proper and adequate municipal services.
Among municipal directors and leading officials there may even be a lack of
willingness to provide them, he says in an interview with SAK's magazine
"First services are outsourced, then financing for these stops. Soon the
welfare society will come to end of the road", Eloranta warns.
Municipal services are often long processes where special skills of
employees in various professions are needed. If parts of the process are
outsourced, the entireties become more complex and control over the quality
becomes more difficult and problematic.
According to Eloranta outsourcing and privatisation have led to wage dumping
and the black economy has become more widespread. More control is needed
because of creeping corruption. The dispersion of services means that nobody
is thinking about the total costs, he adds critically.
When ordinary people are asked their opinion as to what they really want, it
is quite evident that they still have great faith in public
services, Eloranta stresses. "But clearly, they do not trust private
services or the municipalities' ability to control them."
Municipalities must remain as the market leaders in the production of
public services, JHL's President concludes.