In addition, personnel transfers take place between municipalities.
The national cooperation negotiations, in which almost 5,000 people participate, are led by the Ministry of Economy and Labour. Local, agency-specific negotiations will follow next spring.
The majority of employees who change employers are in expert, supervisor and management positions. The negotiations representing them are conducted by the main shop stewards of the Union of Professional and Supervisors (JUKO).
Minna SalminenJUKO’s negotiation manager emphasized the enormity of this change in terms of both employer and personnel change. In addition, the change poses a significant challenge to citizens when municipalities take over work and business services currently administered by the state.
Salminen pointed out that if too many employment areas are formed, the current effective labor service model may become too fragmented.
When preparing the legislation, JUKO emphasized the need for sufficiently large employment areas to ensure the realization of the goals set for the change and the appropriate transfer of personnel and working conditions.
All local employment areas will not be defined until the end of February 2024.
Salminen stated that the change and related uncertainty will continue for a long time, but the time for preparation is limited.
“This is a challenge for the negotiators, but above all for the staff. We are genuinely concerned about whether the transferees will apply for other jobs and whether their skills can be transferred to the municipal sector,” said Salminen.
That’s why JUKO hopes to see a vision of a fair and safe transfer to a new employer in these national layoff negotiations as well. The negotiation organization also reminds that the personnel must be involved in everything of the reform.
The state employed more than 80,000 people last year. In March, Parliament approved the laws regarding the transfer of TE services.
This massive upheaval means the transition of labor and business service personnel from state employment to municipal employment, where the workforce of employment and business offices (TE offices) and personnel responsible for the work of ELY centers Environment (ELY centers) and the Center for Business, Transport and the Environment (KEHA center ) will be transferred to the municipalities or their joint cooperation areas starting in 2025.
In addition, part of the personnel changes from one government agency to another in the government.
The move will also bring changes to the workforce of Palkei, Valtori, the Finnish Immigration Service and the Regional Administration Offices (AVI) at the State Treasury.
Currently, around 1,000 employees, who also change employers and move to new service areas, are taking part in the municipal employment test of employment services.
Source: The Nordic Page