Morning headlines: Friday 12th October 2018

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Finnair in Market Court over compensation payments

Finland’s national airline is being hauled before the Market Court in Helsinki today over the way it handles passenger compensation claims. The Consumer Ombudsman says Finnair should pay the proper EU-regulated compensation for any flights delays or cancellations. At present, Finnair only pays up the problem is their own fault. If they decide the problem is the fault of the plane’s design or manufacturer, Finnair doesn’t pay the full EU-regulated compensation. Instead, they often offer a voucher, or cash payment lower than a passenger would be entitled to receive under EU rules. Finnair says it is trying to offer good customer service by telling passengers it might be a manufacturer’s problem with their cancelled or delayed flight, but giving them some compensation anyway – even if they don’t have to, strictly speaking, under their own interpretation of EU regulations. Read more about the background in our story here.

PM’s confidence vote gamble

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) is taking a gamble on his political career, and planning to call for a vote of confidence in parliament next Wednesday. The PM has been locked in a series of bruising disputes with unions over controversial plans to make it easier for businesses to fire employees. Originally, the government wanted to introduce new rules that allowed companies with up to 20 workers to fire them with less red tape. But last week they were forced to backtrack and say the new rules would only apply to companies with up to 10 workers. Ministers changed their position after a number of strikes in different sectors brought businesses to a halt and hit the economy. Now, the PM bets that if his government survives the vote over the controversial firing laws, unions would fall in line with the will of the Finnish parliament. However, if he loses the vote he would have to resign.

Finland faces Estonia in Euro qualifier

The Finland men’s national football team are in Estonia today facing their southern neighbours in the latest match of UEFA’s Nations League format. In the previous encounter in September, Finland won 1-0 in Turku. Right now they’re sitting at the top of League C Group 2 ahead of Hungary, Greece and Estonia having won the opening two games of the tournament. The new Nations League format offers a chance for lower-ranked teams like Finland to possibly make it through to the Euro 2020 finals. Read more about Finland’s chances in the tournament in our original story here.

Friday morning weather

It’s a cloudy or foggy start to Friday morning virtually everywhere except the very far north of Lapland where Utsjoki will enjoy some bright sunshine but chilly temperatures at -4°C. The rest of Finland will have temperatures between +4°C in southern Lapland to +9°C in central and eastern Finland; getting up to +11°C in the south on Friday morning.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Friday morning 12th October 2018 / Credit: FMI