To give some basic information to this situation, please read this USA Today news
which is made before this situation.
Today Finnish goverment introduced a new law suggestions to the parliament, which makes nurses joint resignations ILLEGAL
and forces nearly 8000 nurses of 13,000 to work even if they are resigned from their job in a critical areas (ICU, First aid, etc.).
In Finnish constitution law there is marked a statement which says everyone can choose their own occupation and workplace. If this new law is going to be accepted, this means that nurses can't anymore select their workplace. Nurses are after that marked as slaves.
I hope all of you international users to give a news tip to every media you know.
For more about this current situation in English, which is marked as patient safety law falsely by goverment, can be read here
Nov 9, '07
Quote from classicdame
This is really sad. I don't know what nurses earn in Finland. Is a 24% increase outrageous or not? Would Fins be willing to pay more taxes to pay for the increase? My son lives in Stockholm but has a girlfriend in Finland whom he sees often. If Finland is like Sweden the nurses are severly underpaid (by USA standards). I hope this is resolved quickly.
Finnish nurses are way more underpaid than Swedish colleagues.
For example Swedish nurse are earns 2400 euros minimum in month. Finnish nurse earns 1800 euros minimum. Finnish nurses are trying to get to 2200 euro minimum. Prices and living cost are in Finland and Sweden equal, so there isn't difference in purchase power.
It's even a trend in here to go work in Sweden or Norway (slighty expensive to live) for better wage.
This is why this is so worrying. There isn't even a necessary to raise taxes since state budget is balanced very well.
Even if there would be a reason to raise taxes, 64% of Finnish people are ready to pay more taxes as big poll says.
This is truely stunning.
Last edit by NurseWithoutHope on Nov 9, '07
Nov 10, '07
wow! that is something that law the force nurses could it be because of the baby boom
Last edit by CITCAT on Nov 11, '07
: Reason: typo