News from labour market
Always the right age
It has been predicted that every third European will be over 65-years-old in the year 2060. This poses challenges to the society: the workforce, pension systems and health care systems have to adjust to the new needs.
The year 2012 is the European theme year for active ageing and solidarity between the generations. The aim is to make decision-makers and citizens aware of the fact that meaningful work and healthy ageing can be achieved at any age. In Finland, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is responsible for the theme year, and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health is responsible for its practical coordination.
Early assessment of work ability
In cases of prolonged work disability, the occupational health physician will in future have to assess an employee’s remaining work ability. The employer will then have to evaluate, together with the occupational health services, the employee’s ability to continue working. The employee will have to submit to Kela (the Social Insurance Institution of Finland) a statement of his or her possibilities to continue working, at the latest when sickness compensation has been paid for 90 work days. An application for daily allowance will have to be submitted to Kela within two months from the start of the work disability, compared to the current four months.
The aim of the reform is, among others, to facilitate a person’s return to work after a long sick leave. The law concerning the reform 20/2012 will come into force on June 1, 2012.
Globalization, a stress for trade union people
The globalization of the metal industry has meant problems for trade unions, so they have had to develop international cooperation. This is revealed in Patrik Nordin’s doctoral thesis, soon to be completed.
Nordin’s research deals with Finland’s process of integration to Europe, which has altered the field of activity of Finnish trade organizations. The results show that the networks between trade unions are often under-developed. Nordin has studied 71 trade unions in 34 countries. He focuses especially on the extremes, in other words, the trade unions in the new and the old EU member states.
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The downhill of meaningful work
The overall rating given to the quality of work life is 7.96, even though the assessment of the security of the workplace has decreased and the meaningfulness of work has fallen. This is shown in the Barometer of Working Conditions 2011. The best rating came from the private service sector, the worst from the industry.
In the group of young people under 25 years of age, the appreciation of work life was clearly higher than in the older age groups. The youngest age group also perceived that the meaningfulness of work was improving, whereas in the other age groups the perception of meaningful work decreased along with aging.