Finland - Unions want more assist for unemployed - August 31, 2017

In reaction to governmental communications related to skill deficits, the trade unions have reminded of the fact that the country carries a legacy of long-term unemployment from the depression of the 1990s. Those who have been out of work for such a long time often find themselves with the wrong type of qualifications for today’s labour market. The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (SAK) thinks the government needs to provide more support and assistance to unemployed workers for finding work. They are also concerned about new measures affecting the unemployed, such as cuts in unemployment support and increased conditions for the unemployed to maintain their full benefits. SAK is also calling on the government to make parental leave more flexible to help young women, in particular, find employment.

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