Growing trend in 2012:
Almost 16,000 employees lost their jobs
Helsinki (24.01.2013 - Heikki Jokinen) The number of redundancies grew
by almost 50 per cent last year, according to statistics from the Central
Organisation of Finnish Trade
Unions SAK. The number of people who lost their jobs in 2012 was 15,800,
whereas the same figure in
2011 was 10,600. Last year's figure is the second highest recorded since
2006, the year in which SAK began collecting this information. In 2009 some
lost their jobs.
Last year the number of employees to get a taste of mandatory consultation
with regard to
possible personnel cuts was 104,000. In 2011 it was 56,000. The Act
of Co-operation stipulates that in all undertakings with more than 20
employees any planned redundancies are subject to mandatory consultation
Major redundancies occurred in the technology sector, followed by
considerable job losses among the forest
industry companies. The mobile phone company Nokia cut 3,700 jobs, Nokia
Siemens Networks 624, the IT services and consulting company Tieto 545 and
national flag carrier airline Finnair 480. The bankruptcy of FNsteel left
people unemployed from its two factories.
Matti Tukiainen, the Director of employment and sustainable growth at SAK
regards the development as part of the major structural changes taking place
in the Finnish
economy. "In particular, the electronics industry has been moving production
away from Finland and the number of jobs in this branch has been declining
The same thing is now happening in shipbuilding, with STX Finland
opting for mandatory consultation concerning its 2,200 employees."
According to the Ministry of employment and the economy, the number of
temporarily laid-off employees was approximately 44,000 at the end of
2012, which is 13,000 more than a year earlier. During 2009, the worst year
of the current economic crisis, 117,400 employees were temporarily laid-off.