Finland: Thousands denounce unemployment benefit cuts in Helsinki

SOT, Journalist: «Who? Who is trying to put the pressure» SOT, Timo Hukkanen, protester: «The government.» Thousands protested against cuts to unemployment benefits in Helsinki on Friday, as part of the activation model for unemployment security introduced by Prime Minister Juha Sipila in January. The proposed model reportedly urges job-seekers to take on odd jobs for at least 18 hours over... Еще three months, or attend a job-related training course. Those who do not comply will be penalised, reports suggest. One protester remarked, «This brainless Sipila would like to take us back to the era of peasants, the KIKY [competitiveness pact] is the same as corvee and they start humiliating the poor like hundred years ago.» The large-scale protest was organised by several trade unions, including the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), the Finnish Industrial Union, the Finnish Construction Union, the Transport Workers’ Union (AKT), and the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors (JHL).

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