Finland -Modification of alternation system criticized -March 26, 2014

The public sector trade union JHL sees the compromise reached during tripartite negotiations between trade union confederations, the employers' federation and the government concerning the alternation leave system as a bad decision as it sets ‘unreasonable limits on or to becoming a substitute’. Job alternation leave is an arrangement whereby an employee and employer can come to an agreement allowing the employee to take leave for an agreed time of between 90 and 359 days. The employee gets an allowance that is 70-80% of his/her estimated unemployment benefit. The employer undertakes to hire a registered unemployed jobseeker for the duration of the employee’s absence. To be entitled to the allowance the employee must have worked for at least 10 years. Under the new rules this will be 17 years.

English: http://www.jhl.fi/portal/en ...

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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