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Fri, 26 Aug, 2016 01:06:53 AM
FTimes-STT Report, Aug 26
 
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The trade union Akava has urged the government not to go for any further cuts on unemployment benefits and instead to stick by the agreed cuts that will come into force at the beginning of next year.
 
The government earlier agreed to reduce unemployment period by a hundred days.
 
As it stands, the government has brought to discussion a model which scales unemployment benefits more steeply.
 
Akava, however, commended the government’s objective aimed at promoting activation of the unemployed. Measures to promote activation of the unemployed, according to Akava, have to hit the ground running.
 
“The government’s focus is activation of the unemployed, and it is good that the employment package contains such measure,” said Akava President Sture Fjäder in a statement.
 
Sture Fjäder, the president of Akava. Photo Lehtikuva.
Akava also expressed concern at the government proposal which will further limit the possibility of the unemployed to study. According to the trade union, unemployment security should provide education freely, as long as the unemployed are at the same time available in the labour market.
 
Akava believes a new combined insurance model is integral to the unemployment benefits. This would enable alternate employees, freelancers and self-employed to insure themselves more flexibly against unemployment.
 
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