Trade Union News from Finland
Eloranta regards proposals by the government for reforming the structures of
municipalities and the social and health services as promising
JHL (19.11.2012 - Juhani Artto)
Jarkko Eloranta, the President of JHL, characterises
the proposals the government published last week to reform the
structures of the municipalities and the social and health services as a
promising step forward.
"Commitment to prioritising the
service provision offered by the municipalities themselves is especially
gratifying. Out of the totality of municipal reform, this has been one of
the most important elements for JHL."
"Evidence of the strength of public service provision may be witnessed by
the fact that several
municipalities have stopped outsourcing services in favour of their own.
Delivering services that are solely the work of the municipalities
themselves has been weighed as the better option both economically and
Eloranta is satisfied also with the proposal that safeguards the
present-level status of personnel when municipalities are amalgamated from
2014 to 2017.
In addition, amalgamation analysis and proposals will be prepared in
cooperation with representatives of the personnel.
"The five-year job guarantee is good for the reform process as a whole. It
positive attitudes towards the changes and encourages employees to develop
and improve upon
their work. It also makes it easier for municipalities to maintain and
recruit skilled employees."
The proposal does not offer similar job guarantee for employees of the joint
municipal authorities. "One has to take care of their employment relations,
too", Eloranta says.