The legal project and the threats of a strike by the nurses’ unions have brought politics and the labor market into an extraordinary knot. In this article, we explain what it is all about.
Constitution Committee considers that limiting the nurses’ right to industrial action patient safety act can be considered essential.
According to the committee, the law can be enacted in the order in which an ordinary law is enacted.
The committee states in its statement on Friday that the law restricts the right to industrial action, which is a fundamental right. However, there are acceptable and very strong grounds for it.
“It must be possible to prevent endangering the lives of customers or patients or seriously endangering the health of customers or patients under all circumstances, including during industrial action,” the committee states in its announcement.
However, the Constitutional Law Committee suggests that the Social Affairs and Health Committee still consider specifying the definition of home care used in the law.
The goal is for the parliament to vote on the law this afternoon. Before then, the social and health committee must complete its report. The committee will hold a briefing on the matter at 2 p.m.
Legal project and the strike threats of the nursing unions have driven politics into an extraordinary knot.
This is what it’s all about:
The government started drafting a patient safety law because nurses’ unions threatened intensive care units and home care with strikes. They also refused protection work, which could be used to ensure that people’s lives and health are not endangered.
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District court denied with an interim decision ICU strikes. After that, the nursing unions Tehy and Super announced that they don’t start them.
Unions are very frustrated to the situation. They are organizing a demonstration on Friday In the center of Helsinki. Every year, the unions demand additional wage increases of 3.6 percent on top of the so-called general line wage increases determined by the export industries. According to them, salary increases are necessary to solve the nursing shortage.
In the opinion of the employer, the requirement is far too expensive and unrealistic from the point of view of taxpayers.
The unions have also announced to carry out mass layoffs.
Chairman of Tehy Millariikka Rytkönen and chairman of Super Silja Paavola stated in a press release on Friday that “actions by employers and the legislature to prevent or break strikes only worsen the problems and have led to deep hurt, anger and disappointment among nurses”.
Patient Safety Act has also pushed the government to the brink of crisis when the Left Alliance announced that it would not accept it without significant changes.
Friday morning the governing parties reached an agreement on the law.
Read more: The government came to an agreement on the Patient Safety Act: these changes were passed by the Left Alliance
The social and health committee will introduce the changes agreed by the government into the bill at its meeting, which will start around 11 o’clock.
HS follows the news day closely.
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