Combating labor exploitation: employment information for foreigners in 14 different languages

“The guide is a concise way to find basic information about employment in . The guide is also useful for foreign-speaking employers, ”the Inspector explains Juulia Vihervirta From the Occupational Division of the Regional State Administrative Agency of Southern Finland.

The guide allows employees to identify if their employment is not in compliance with the or a collective agreement. The guide provides examples of minimum wages for cleaning, cooking, construction, gardening and farming. It explains working hours in Finland and how overtime pay is calculated. The guide also covers topics such as a person’s right to and where to get help in problem situations.

“Unfortunately, our inspections often reveal that, for example, the generally applicable collective agreement is not followed with regard to pay. Many foreign employees are not even aware of the collective agreement in their field, ”says Vihervirta.

The Occupational Safety and Authority hopes that the guide will reach as many people as possible

The guide is published in the following languages: , Swedish, English, Estonian, Russian, Romanian, Chinese, Kurdish, Hindi, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Thai, Nepali and Bosnian. This year, the guide will also be published in Arabic. The guide is distributed to employees in connection with, for example, occupational safety and health inspections. A printable version of the poster has also been made.

“We hope public services and will put up the poster. In this way, as many foreigners as possible become aware of the guide and their rights at work, ”says Vihervirta.

“Now it is important to inform the who have come to Finland about the guide, because some of them will probably want to work soon. We brought posters and brochures in Ukrainian and Russian, among other things, to the service point set up for Ukrainians.”

All language versions of the guide and the printed poster can be found on the website of the Finnish Agency for Safety and Health at Work

Source: Occupational safety and health

Source: The Nordic Page

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