Trade Union News from Finland
Very few municipal employees fear termination of employment
JHL (09.11.2012 - Juhani Artto)
In Finland municipal employees continue to have great faith in job
According to a new book published on Tuesday by the Finnish Institute
of Occupational Health, only three per cent of municipal employees
agonise about losing their jobs.
The book summarizes the results of a number of
large-scale studies made in the 2000s on the well-being of municipal
employees at work.
As a general trend there has been a reduction in stress levels, although
almost a third (29 per
cent) experience workloads which exceed their endurance limits. The
situation is worst among municipal social workers as almost half of them
per cent) claim to have too much work.
"When it persists for a longer period work stress may weaken well-being
at work and
shorten working careers by lessening motivation and increasing the risk
of falling ill", warns Jussi Vahtera, research professor at the
The quality of management has developed positively, the studies
may be one of the factors why employees over 55 years of age do not
retirement to the same extent as earlier in the 2000s.
Another recent positive change has concerned the amount of annual sick
From 2000 it grew rapidly reaching a peak in 2008 when the average
of sick leave days was 19 per employee. Since then it has come down to
where it has stayed in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Older employees have more
leave days than younger employees and women clearly more
Violence is a serious problem especially at work places where social
special teachers and nurses are to be found. Despite a
reduction in physical violence almost one in ten municipal employees has
been the victim of hitting or kicking.