Tehy: Mass resignations planned, ban on temporary transfers issued on the entire municipal sector

The council of Tehy, the union of qualified social care, health care, rehabilitation and early education professionals, decided on new industrial actions last night. The council decided to enact mass resignations targeted on special health care at a time and in sites to be announced.

In addition, the council decided to issue a ban on temporary transfers over the entire municipal sector within the scope of the Social and healthcare sectors’ agreement and KVTES. The ban is valid until further notice and will enter into force immediately.

During the ban on temporary transfers, Tehy members may not be transferred from their own assignments or workplaces to other assignments or other workplaces. A transfer may not be carried out even based on subsection 1 in section 10 in paragraph 1 of the Social and healthcare sectors’ agreement/KVTES.

The employment terms of nurses have been negotiated on and the labour dispute has been negotiated with various compositions since the beginning of the year. The reluctance of local government and county employers to understand the severity and effects of the problems within the social services and health care field has prolonged the negotiations and worsened the crisis and shortage of nurses in social services and health care.

This is the last moment to understand that this will not solve itself through forcing nurses to work or breaking strikes. The fact remains that sooner or later, nurses need to be heard and their demands granted. Otherwise, they will all vote with their feet,’ says Chairperson of Tehy Millariikka Rytkönen.

Rytkönen calls for the political decision-makers to apply pressure to the other party of the labour dispute in order to resolve the situation.

- So far, pressure has only been applied on nurses - and look at the means! By taking away their basic rights and driving them to forced labour through legislation.

Just yesterday the news featured the complete congestion at the Jorvi Emergency Department. According to the news, this Tuesday was the worst day of the history of the Emergency Department, and the entire system was about to collapse. News like this one are the direct consequence of the cost savings which have burdened the social services and health care sector for deades, the lack of billions of euros in resources, and the severe shortage of nurses.

- As a citizen, I’d be really worried and demand answers from the decision-makers on how to prevent the disaster of social services and health care. At the moment, it simply seems that the government and employers are pouring gasoline onto the flames,’ Rytkönen says.

Further information:

Chairperson of Tehy Millariikka Rytkönen, contacts through the special advisor, tel. 0400 540 005
Tehy executive director Else-Mai Kirvesniemi, tel. 050 346 0847