Finland - New unemployment system criticised - December 31, 2018

According to a survey carried out by trade union confederation SAK and the Industrial Union people are not positive about the new unemployment system that was implemented by the government. The new model is designed to activate job seekers by demanding that in the first three-month review period, unemployed jobseekers become an entrepreneur, work for at least 18 hours or sign-up for activities such as training. When these requirements are not met the benefits are cut. The survey, in which 6000 trade union members took part, reveals that it can be very difficult for unemployed job seekers to meet this requirements.

Especially for people that live in rural areas with lack of job opportunities and elderly job seekers it is difficult to find work. The trade union confederation urges the government to change their unemployment benefit system.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer © ETUI

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