Protection against dismissal must not be undermined

20.9.2018

Why do we object to the proposal of Sipilä’s Government to undermine employee’s protection against dismissal at companies with fewer than 10 employees?

● The proposal would enable dismissal for practically any reason whatsoever, and employees would be on an ongoing ‘trial period’ and live in uncertainty

● Employees would not dare to join unions anymore, elect a shop steward or point out deficiencies in occupational safety or compliance with terms of employment, for instance, to the employer

● The threshold for demanding equal pay for the same work or reporting going on family live would be higher

● Discrimination on the basis of, e.g., gender, age, illness, sexual orientation or trade union membership would increase

● Employees at companies of different sizes would be in an unequal position

● Contrary to the Government’s claims, the proposal would not improve employment; the effects are ‘fairly close to zero’ according to research institutions

● Dismissal is followed by two-month waiting period; it is unreasonable that an employee would lose both the job and unemployment security

● Current legislation already provides sufficient possibilities for dismissing an employee for a proper and weighty reason attributable to the individual

● Of companies in the food industry, 76% are workplaces with fewer than 10 employees


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