Factsheet for case FI-2020-21/1293 – measures in Finland
, applies regionally
|Time period||Temporary, 18 May 2020 – 16 November 2020|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Well-being of workers
|Author||Amanda Kinnunen (Oxford Research) and Eurofound|
|Case created||20 October 2020 (updated 22 October 2020)|
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to large-scale temporary and permanent lay-offs in Finland. In addition, many employees have had to adapt to the changing labour market where new skills and competencies are required. Many of the affected employees need support in order to adapt to the new situation. Some might need help with job search while others need services that strengthen their work capacity. Providing this kind of support is the aim of this support measure.
This project provides support for employees who have been made redundant, temporarily laid off, or at risk of being made redundant.
This project aims to strengthen employees’ work capacity through individual guidance and group meetings. The themes of the meetings are, for example, practical issues and feelings related to the crisis, support for well-being, development of digital skills, and other factors related to maintaining working capacity. Besides, a digital information package regarding temporary layoffs and dismissals has been compiled to make other services available for this group more visible.
The activities are also free of charge. The project is aimed at employees in the service and public sectors. However, the activities are open to all. These services are provided in South Savo, North Savo and North Karelia.
The main actor implementing this project is the Workers' Education Association TSL. Other partners are the Finnish Trade Union Confederation SAK, the Service Sectors Trade Union PAM, and the Public and Welfare Sectors Association JHL. The project is funded by the European Social Fund.
No information available regarding the use of this measure. The aim is to provide support for 150 people in South Savo, North Savo and North Karelia.
|Applies to all workers||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||No involvement|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
One peak-level trade union (Finnish Trade Union Confederation SAK) and two branch-level trade unions (the Service Sectors Trade Union PAM and the Public and Welfare Sectors Association JHL) are involved in the implementation of this project. There is no information available regarding the exact ways they contribute to this project.
No information available.
Eurofound (2020), Regional crisis support for employees affected by the COVID-19 crisis, case FI-2020-21/1293 (measures in Finland), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.