Finland - Unions concerned about impact of social and health care reform - December 31, 2015

The Government outlined its plans on the long-debated social welfare and health care reform. Currently, health care is the responsibility of joint municipal authorities and local authorities. There are some 190 of them. From the beginning of 2019 responsibility will rest with the 18 regions, of which 15 will organise health care and social services in their own areas separately or by themselves. Three regions will do this with the support of one of the other regions. The decision to divide the country into 18 autonomous health care regions will mean transferring more than 200,000 employees to new employers. The Union of Health and Social Care Professionals criticised the move and stated that the number of regions is too big to reach the goals of citizens' equal high-quality services, bridge the gap in health differences and have better cost effectiveness. Trade unions are also worried about the effects the new system will have on employees in social welfare and health care. The Unions demand that the impact of such changes on staff in these sectors must be assessed and clarified before any final decisions are reached.

English: http://heikkijokinen.info/en/trade-union-news-from-finland/914-unions-concerned … 

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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