The Coalition Party calls on the government to take prompt employment measures and offers its own list of possible measures to help.
The party's proposals are largely based on the actions presented by the Ministry of Finance last week. In addition, there is, among other things, a special super-household deduction for those over 75 years of age.
Some of the means are harder and some are softer, the chairman of the Coalition Party Petteri Orpo described the nine-point list.
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- I'm a little worried that the government parties choose the means by which as paid jobs. Not creating dynamism and incentives, but believing in wage subsidies and public sector employment, Orpo said.
The Coalition Party would adhere to the 75 percent employment targets recorded in the government program. During the current decade, progress should be made towards the Nordic level and an employment rate of 80%.
- If Denmark, Sweden and Norway can do it, why would Finland not? Or if we can do it in Ostrobothnia, why can't we do it all over Finland? The orphan asked.
Face masks were in heavy use at the summer meeting.
Photo: Hannu Rainamo / Lehtikuva
Last summer, the Coalition Party presented its means of getting 60,000 new employees. The list is largely the same as a year ago, but as new means, the party is proposing, among other things, the implementation of a therapy guarantee.
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The Coalition Party's means of raising employment
1. Removal of the pension tube and other proposals of the Ministry of Finance, excluding the reduction of study grants
Last week, the Ministry of Finance proposed the abolition of the pension pipeline, the reform of earnings-related unemployment insurance and additions to employment services. The list would be eligible for the Coalition Party, except for changes to student grants. The ministry would cut support for adult education, while the Coalition Party would increase it again.
- It is important to find a way in which updating skills during a career would become more common, said Kai Mykkänen, the Coalition Party's group leader, when presenting the list of means to the press.
The Coalition Party would raise the income limits for student grants by 50 per cent. The party believes that the income limits are outdated.
Estimated impact on employment: +55 000
2. The staggering of earnings-related unemployment security
The Ministry of Finance proposed to differentiate earnings-related unemployment security according to the length of employment, so that longer employment would lead to longer unemployment security and shorter employment would lead to shorter earnings. In addition to this, the Coalition Party would stagger the level of earnings-related unemployment security so that it would be slightly higher at the beginning of the unemployment period and then decrease gradually as the unemployment period lengthens.
Estimated impact on employment: (+10 000)
3. Disassembling incentive traps
The Coalition Party dismantled incentive traps by, among other things, restoring the deductible for housing costs to 7 per cent, to last year's level of labor market support and increasing the protection portion of foreclosure. The Coalition Party would raise it to 900 euros from the current 679 euros.
Estimated impact on employment: (+9500)
4. Enforcement of the Therapy Guarantee
Mental health problems are one of the main causes of disability.
Estimated impact on employment: (+5000)
5. Increase in household allowance and super household allowance for over-75s
The Coalition Party would cancel the household deduction from last year's cut. In addition, people over the age of 75 would receive a special super household deduction according to the model previously presented by Sitra. They would have the right to deduct tax at 70 percent.
- The model could postpone the need to move to institutional care and at the same time create jobs for small entrepreneurs, Mykkänen said.
For those whose taxes are not enough to make the deduction, support of up to € 1,200 a year would be provided for the purchase of services.
Estimated impact on employment: (+3000)
6. Family leave reform and reduction of early childhood education fees
According to the Coalition Party, its proposed model for family leave reform would support women's employment in particular.
Estimated impact on employment: (+5500)
7. Extending the local agreement to all companies
The Coalition Party would extend local agreements to unorganized companies as well. Collective agreements would continue to define minimum employment conditions. At the same time, monitoring of the fulfillment of minimum conditions would be increased.
Estimated impact on employment: (+15 000)
8. Doubling international recruitment
The Coalition Party believes that Finland must be made a more attractive place to come to study, try and start a family. Certified companies would be issued work permits within two weeks.
Estimated impact on employment: (+10 000)
9. Reduction of payroll taxes
The Coalition Party would reduce income tax by one billion euros. This would, above all, support the purchasing power of the middle class and thus employment.
Estimated impact on employment: (+6 000)