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Thu, 17 Sep, 2015 12:48:17 AM
FTimes- STT Report, Sep 17
 
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä was addressing to the nation through television and radio broadcasted by national broadcaster Yle late Wednesday night. FTimes Photo
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä on Wednesday appealed once more to the country’s labour market organisations to find easier alternatives to the tough measures proposed by the government to increase cost competitiveness.
 
Addressing the nation on television and radio broadcasted by Yle late Wednesday night the premier urged the parties to find out alternative ways to the tough measures earlier proposed by the government such as slashing the Sunday pay.
 
“The entire package proposed by the government could be replaced by extending the daily working hours by about 20 minutes or giving up the holiday pay,” Sipilä remarked.
 
Sipilä said he had dwelt on the issue of Sunday pay before making a decision, because he had been asked how export competitiveness would improve, if the Sunday pay of nurses or police officers was reduced.
 
“The reduction of Sunday pay significantly reduces public sector expenditure and allows reduction of employer’s social security contributions,” said the prime minister.
 
The PM speech was being recorded by Yle on Wednesday. Photo Lehtikuva.
He defended two previous attempts by the government to come up with a social contract.
 
Sipilä said he was greatly disappointed when his last compromise of the evening was not seized. “For me it was then clear that a genuine readiness for an agreement together was not to be.”
 
He pointed out that the more flexibly the state deals with issues the more difficult and painful it becomes to remedy the situation.
 
“We were at the forefront in advising the Greeks. Let us take the advice for our own use. We must not let the situation reach a point where others decide our affairs,” Sipilä warned.
 
According to Sipilä, the state has been indebted for almost a million euro an hour for seven years. “We cannot continue this way. The money will run out,” he added.
 
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