Finnish nurses constitution law are going to be broke! 13,000 nurses threaten to quit

  1. 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 and here
    Last edit by NurseWithoutHope on Nov 9, '07 : Reason: Adding a new link
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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   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.
  4. by   NurseWithoutHope
    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
  5. by   lindarn
    Quote from NurseWithoutHope
    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 and here
    On Long Island, in New York State, there are about ten Filipino nurses, who mass- resigned from a nursing home, afte enduring horrendous working conditions, low pay, and broken promises from the nursing home who brought them here.

    With help from the local District Attorney, who received generous campaign contributions, he charged the nurses with criminal endangerment, and had them arrested. The New York State Board of Nursing, investigated the complaint, and found no wrong doing on the part of the nurses, and that no patients had been harmed. It was all a power showing by the nursing home to intimidate, and scare the nurses.

    The matter is still in litigation, and has not been resolved. Google "Sentosa Nursing Homes", Filipino Nurses, Queens, New York, and you will probably get the articles from the Newsday, the Long Island New York, newspaper.

    PM me and I will try to sent you the link. But really, try the link to the Newsday. Good Luck!!

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
  6. by   BlondieRN09
    Man I feel for the Finnish nurses. I hope it all works out for the best.
  7. by   CITCAT
    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
  8. by   TrudyRN
    bab boom? Babboon? Baboon? LOL Please elaborate.
  9. by   leslymill
    I hope that bill is rejected, unfornately.
    That is a terrible oppressive solution.
  10. by   CITCAT
    typo correction made
  11. by   CITCAT
    wow withthe nusing shortage may this is why people dont stay in nursing overworked underpayed and now perseucted and treated like endentued servants this is inreply to fillipino nurse case
  12. by   CHATSDALE
    maybe there wasn't a baby boom in finland???

    i don't understand how you can be forced to work? is this only for mass resignations, like a strike?
  13. by   zhx711108
    that is awful for finnish colleages, personally, i think nurses or the Nurses Union should stand up and do something about it, it is unbelivable that such kind of thing happened in wealthy ,developed country,nurses have been working hard looking after people, having lots of responsilities. something really needed to be done for the fairness of nurses
  14. by   leslymill
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21762621/

    Gotta bump this. Five more days.
    I just can't beleive a civilized member of the European Union is acting so uncivilized.
    They need a Martin Luther King.
    I would rather go to jail than work under those conditions.

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