Morning Headlines: Wednesday 7th March 2018

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Disabled Services Initiative To Parliament

Campaigners will symbolically hand over a Citizens’ Initiative at parliament today, calling on the government to think again over social and health care reforms that impact disabled people in Finland. The ‘Not For Sale’ or ‘Ei Myytavana’ campaign has gathered 72,000 signatures – parliament has to discuss a Citizens’ Initiative if it gets at least 50,000 signatures. The campaign opposes that essential services for people with disabilities are put out to tender under the Procurement Act. They say to turn disabled services into a competition is in contravention of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. They say services necessary for disabled people should be excluded from the Procurement Act, similar to other EU countries.

Mothers’ Return To Work

A new survey this morning for Uutissuomalaisen newspaper group finds 58% of people in Finland are against mothers of young children returning early to working life. Only 20% of respondents said they thought working mothers should go back to the workplace earlier, and 22% had no opinion on the matter. Low-income households were more critical to the idea of mothers returning early to work than high income households. And most support for early return to work for mothers with young children was found in the capital city region. The survey was answered by 1000 people from 21st to 25th February and has a margin of error of 3.1%.

New Boss For Aktia Bank

It’s all change at the top of Finland’s Aktia Bank this morning. The board of directors say CEO Martin Backman will leave his position immediately and the role will be filled on an interim basis by Juha Hammarén. Martin Backman has been Acting President of Aktia since March 2017. “With Backman, the company has built a new strategy with rapid pace and launched several projects that will enable the company to better meet its customers’ needs and the challenges of the digitalisation environment. The task of the next Managing Director is to move forward with determination and good cooperation with the staff” says Dag Wallgren, Aktia Bank’s Chairman of the Board.

Weather Outlook

Wednesday and Thursday are still good for skiing, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. On Thursday the whole country will be sunny except for some light snow in southern Lapland. But snow approaches from the south, moving north on Friday across the country. By Friday, the whole of Finland will have some fresh snow, but not a lot. The temperature in the south may ‘warm up’ to around zero degrees.