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Factsheet for measure FI-2023-5/2967 – measures in Finland
|Country||Finland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 February 2023|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Mobilisation of a larger workforce
|Author||Vera Lindström (Oxford Research)|
|Measure added||01 November 2022 (updated 20 March 2023)|
In accordance with the national work-life innovation project of TYÖ2030 programme led by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health TTL [Työterveyslaitos], Industrial Union (Teollisuusliitto) has developed a mobile phone app that provides free information on the rules of working life in the agricultural and forestry sectors and living conditions in Finland.
The availability of seasonal labour is important for employers in the agriculture and forestry sectors in Finland, which is why efforts are being made to provide information especially to employers who employ seasonal workers, and to seasonal workers who arrive in Finland to work for a short period of time.
The application was developed by Industrial Union [Teollisuusliitto], which is the largest trade union in the agriculture sector. Other partners involved are the Federation of Agricultural Employers MTA (Maaseudun työnantajaliitto), Private Forestry Employers' Association (Yksityismetsätalouden työnantajat ry), the state-owned forestry enterprise Metsähallitus and the Migration Institute of Finland (Siirtolaisuusinstituutti).
The app provides detailed information form sectoral collective agreements regarding working hours, holidays or sickness-related matters. The information is provided in Finnish, Swedish, English, Ukrainian, and Russian. The application is to provide information to both employees and employers in the agriculture and forestry sectors, with a particular focus on seasonal workers that are often foreign and may have received false information regarding remuneration and working conditions in their country of origin.
The pilot phase of the Hermes project started in February 2022 and covers rural industries such as berry and animal farms, forestry and horticulture. In the coming years, the application is to be extended to other sectors and languages.
Use of the application is free of charge.
By February 2023, the application had been downloaded to 2,000 mobile devices and had 1,100 active users in February. Out of the users, 80% were employees and 20% employers.
Migrants or refugees in employment
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
Company / Companies
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||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The application was developed by Industrial Union [Teollisuusliitto], which is the largest trade union representing workers in the agriculture sector. Other project partners involved are the Federation of Agricultural Employers MTA (Maaseudun työnantajaliitto), Private Forestry Employers' Association (Yksityismetsätalouden työnantajat ry), the state-owned forestry enterprise Metsähallitus and the Migration Institute of Finland (Siirtolaisuusinstituutti).
The measure is a social partner initiative.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing||A1 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities|
|A2 Forestry and logging|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2022), Hermes mobile phone app on working conditions in the forestry and agricultural sector, measure FI-2023-5/2967 (measures in Finland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/FI-2023-5_2967.html
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