Wednesday’s newspapers: Nurses’ salaries, ministerial machinery and Finland’s Olympic telephone policy

Wednesday's newspapers: Nurses' salaries, ministerial machinery and Finland's Olympic telephone policy

Helsingin Sanomat has analysis the desire of candidates for county council elections to raise the salaries of nurses. It is an issue in many election compasses during Sunday’s provincial election, and most politicians believe nurses ’salaries should be raised.

But it is still unlikely that they will receive an overpaid salary, and HS explains why. Currently, wage negotiations are underway for municipal and regional government employees, including health care workers, but employers ’organizations say there is little money to fund higher pay increases for nurses.

Perhaps surprisingly, unions are not too eager to see nurses get better deals than other workers. When inflation has been higher than it has been for years, unions representing other municipal workers do not want their members to go for a one-time nursing fee.

Of course, the nurses’ unions disagree when Tehyn Millariko Rytkönen told HS that the money should be found. He compares the € 70 million government found for peat producers in last year’s budget, suggesting that there is political will.

Wage harmonization is another issue raised by employers. As care services are integrated into 21 regional organizations, each employer must take care of the level of pay of its employees. In practice, this means an increase in the total cost of wages, as those with the lowest basic wages gain momentum over their better-earning colleagues.

Rytkönen rejects this argument, but the compromise is likely to be a 3-6 year contract that will resolve the relatively low salaries of nurses in later years.

However, the candidates running in the election have little to do with the matter, as Finland’s countless wage bargaining system ensures that trade unions and employers set the agenda before the new provincial councils have even taken office.

Finland will vote on the new provincial powers on 23 January. For more information, read our really simple guide and use the election compass to find the right candidate for you.

Assistance from Minister Kurvinen Kuortane

Finland’s spending is currently on a tight footing, and new premises are difficult to obtain. Ilta-Sanomat is discussing the controversial decision of the Minister of Sports Antti Kurvinen (Cen), which distributed funds to a new bathing center in its home region, contrary to the advice of experts and the Swimming Association.

Kurvinen approved the change to build a new swimming center in Kuortane, a town of 3,500 inhabitants about 350 kilometers from Helsinki, where the Finnish Olympic Training Center is located.

The criterion for this prize money is that the target must be a national training center, but the Swimming Association was satisfied with its existing national training center in Helsinki and did not support the financing of the Kuortane project.

Nor is it the Olympic Committee, the Sports Council, or a senior official in the ministry. Kurvinen decided otherwise and pushed EUR 4 million in funding to Southern Ostrobothnia. Kurvinen himself is on the council near Alavus and is currently a candidate for the new county council in Southern Ostrobothnia.

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Finnish telephone policy

The Winter Olympics start next month in Beijing, and many countries around the world are wondering how to respond to China’s digital control.

Chinese authorities are believed to keep a close eye on phones and Internet activity, which has led some Olympic teams, including Britain and the Netherlands, to ask their athletes to leave their mobile phones behind. reports Evening paper.

Finland does not do the same, only offers guidance to competitors from Finland, but does not require that equipment be left behind.

The Olympic Committee will send these instructions in the coming days, but it will not offer phones to athletes in China.

Source: The Nordic Page

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