This model would provide an income support system for those who are not members of the unemployment fund. The remaining 34% have a negative attitude towards this model. By Mikael Pentikäinen, CEO of Suomen Yrittäjie, the general income security system is justice. “It is wrong that income security is not available to all those who fund it, but only to those who are members of the fund,” he said.
The survey also showed that a large majority of respondents, 71 percent, support social security reform that would encourage more people to work. Pentikäinen also stated that the current model disproportionately affects the most vulnerable segments of the labor market, especially young people. Many young workers mistakenly believe that joining a union gives them income security, and unions seem uninterested in correcting this misconception.
The survey also found that a majority of respondents, 59%, believe that unemployment benefits should be phased out to allow more people to take up work. Many respondents feel that the current system prevents people from looking for work due to financial barriers to getting a job. Respondents believe that the current system is harmful because it encourages people to stay out of the workforce, which damages the overall economic base of the welfare state.
According to Pentikäinen, these results show the need for reform. “We have hundreds of thousands of working-age people outside the labor force. Many of them are not worth working for. We as a nation cannot afford it. Finnish workplaces are in dire need of labor,” he said.
All in all, Työelämägalup’s research reveals Finnish employees’ strong desire for income security and social security reform. These reforms would provide a fairer system for all its contributors, encourage more people to enter the workforce, and strengthen the country’s overall economic health.
Source: The Nordic Page