Finland -Mini jobs undermine the basis of the welfare state -September 18, 2012

A report published in early August by the Federation of the Finnish Technology Industry indicated that the country’s cost competitiveness had declined in comparison with its main competitors. In the following debate the employer representatives have repeatedly referred to the strength of the German export industry, in particular, and hinted that Finland should copy this example. According to the unions employers have totally ignored the employee perspective when referring to Germany's example. The unions categorically reject any model that attempts to curtail living incomes.



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