Trade unions continue to be extensive this week political strikes promoted by the government changes in working life against. The government is not going to back down from its plans.
For example, the chairman of Basic Finns, the Minister of Finance Riikka Purra has said that the government received a mandate to change the labor market in the parliamentary elections.
“After all, this is a political strike in which we want to oppose this government, the government’s program and the implementation of the measures that we consider important and for which we have received a mandate in the elections,” Purra told the parliament. during question time in December.
The opposition parties Sdp and Vasemistoliitto, on the other hand, consider that the government parties did not receive a mandate from the people in the elections for the proposals they are now pushing.
“It is completely pointless for you to appeal to the mandate received from the people. You got it with completely different speeches”, said the vice-chairman of the Sdp Matias Mäkynen in the same question hour.
“If you want to talk about the mandate, why didn’t you say a word about such weakening of working life before the parliamentary elections?” answered the chairman of the leftist union Lee Andersson For a bite.
Which side is right?
Before the elections, did the governing parties openly tell the citizens that when they got power, they would implement the changes in the labor market that the ay movement so violently opposed?
The Prime Minister’s Party as far as the coalition is concerned, the government’s policy corresponds in many respects to what the party promised before the elections.
Coalition drove openly for example, large cuts in social security and the promotion of local bargaining.
Party blinked also changes to the labor peace legislation, although he did not directly say that he wanted to limit political and support strikes.
At least before the elections, the coalition did not publicly push for all the working life registrations of the government program.
For example, changing the first day of sick leave to unpaid was not on the table before the election. However, the first day’s pay can still be agreed upon in collective agreements in the future.
Nor did the coalition talk about easing dismissals and deadlines in its programs.
Strengthening the so-called export model of wage negotiations by limiting the activities of the national conciliator was also a new item in the government program.
Second the largest government party, Perussuomaliket, demanded in its economic policy program during the elections, that the flexibility of the labor market must also be developed in the future within the framework of universally binding collective agreements.
Basic Finns did not push for the changes that the government is now promoting during the elections. The party, on the contrary, lined up the workers’ organization SAK in the survey among other things, that he opposes restricting the right to strike.
Basic Finns in the same survey warned about the dangers of company-specific bargaining and swore by the union-based shop steward system. In retrospect, the “worker” of the Basic Finns party office Matti Putkonen said that he had sent the answers to SAK’s survey on your own.
The opposition has often brought up Riikka Purra’s statement before the elections the interviewin which he said that the cut from low-income people pushed by the coalition does not work for basic Finns.
On another occasion Purra said that Perussuomaliket is fundamentally opposed to the freezing of index increases for low-income benefits. However, he did not rule it out if the economic situation worsens.
Just like the coalition, Perussuomalaiset also presented the gradation of earnings-related unemployment insurance before the elections.
Government in many respects pursues the kind of social security and working life policy that the coalition pursued before last year’s parliamentary elections.
Basic Finns, on the other hand, did not seek support in the elections for the kind of working life policy that the party is now promoting in the government. The party’s handprint can be seen in the government program above all in immigration policy.
It is not at all unusual for the largest government parties to make compromises on issues that are important to each other.
In the previous government, the second largest party, the center, repeatedly complained about the compromises it made with the left-wing parties and the greens.
In the next election, the voters of the governing parties will be able to assess whether the party they voted for has made too many concessions in the government.
Although, based on surveys, the government’s work life activities are sharing supporters of basic Finns, the party support has remained high.