Finland -Agency work becomes mainstream -May 01, 2013

In a doctoral thesis (Discussions on hired temporary labour) by Liisa Lähteenmäki it is prescribed how public discourse on temporary work agencies changed from the beginning of 1990's until 2005. She analysed the news from the national newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and the minutes of parliament as well as the minutes and reports of parliament’s Employment and Equality Committee. The author criticises trade unions for being slow to recognise the problems in the status of agency labour. Recently, unions have become more active, and one reason behind it has been the increase of foreign agency labour at work places, she concludes. Unions have noticed that employers often prefer agency labour to temporary employment relations as it is easier to get rid of agency labour than employees in temporary employment relations.



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