Unions offer hotline
for young people working during summertime
Helsinki (09.08.2012 - Juhani Artto) About 500 people have called the
hotline that counsels young people working in summer jobs. Most of the
questions have - overwhelmingly so in fact- have concerned pay-related issues,
Joonas Tutti, who effectively runs the service.
The hotline itself was set up by the three union confederations SAK, STTK
and Akava. And it has proved to be even more popular than in 2011. The
service has been available from early May and lasts until August 24.
Summer employees from the service sector have utilized the service more
often than summer employees from other industries.
Many callers have used the hotline just to check that their pay, allowances
etc. have been paid correctly. However, roughly half of the contacts
concern problems in pay and pay-related matters. In some cases wages have
less than expected or have not been paid on time. Also questions to do with
working hour regulations are
common, as well as questions concerning what collective agreement should be
certain jobs and industry.
And in some instances it has been the employer representatives who have
information. Most of these calls have come from small companies where
employer representatives needed just basic data on regulations as defined
in the legislation and collective agreements.
Some employee contacts have exposed efforts to undermine the regulations of
the legislation and collective agreements. These cite cases where allowances
have not been paid properly and overtime work has not been on a voluntary
basis as the legislation demands, Tutti says.
The hotline is not the only counselling service
for young summer employees. The web site
lists and explains in Finnish and Swedish matters that any newcomer in the
working life should comprehend. Such matters are, for example, employment
contract and occupational safety. The site is created by SAK, STTK and