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Govt survives no-confidence motion over labour market unrest

Published : 21 Feb 2024, 23:45

  DF Report
Minister of Employment Arto Satonen on Tuesday defended the government in the parliament responding to the interpellation submitted by three opposition parties. Photo: Finnish parliament by Hanne Salonen.

The four-party alliance right-wing government on Wednesday survived a no-confidence motion brought against it in the parliament by three opposition parties over the labour market unrest in the country.

The government won the motion by 89 votes to 73 with 36 lawmakers remaining absent and one abstained.

On February 16, the Suomen Sosialidemokraattinen Puolue (Social Democratic Party of Finland-SDP), Vihreä liitto (Finnish Green League) and Vasemmistoliitto (Left Alliance)- filed the interpellation accusing the government of its failure to resolve the labour market unrest.

Two other opposition parties Suomen Keskusta (Centre Party of Finland) and Liike Nyt (Movement Now), however, did not join the motion.

Different trade unions were observing strikes protesting against the labour market reforms and cuts in working condition undertaken by the Kansallinen Kokoomus (National Coalition Party-NCP) led four-party alliance government.