Trade union Pam: Large number of summer job contracts terminated this year
AN Exceptionally vast number of summer workers have reported that their employment contracts have been terminated after the probationary period, with the likes of personal chemistry stated as the reason. Pam, the trade union for employees in the private services sector, says that in some cases the grounds for terminating the contract appear questionable. "The real reason may be that because of the warm spring, businesses hired too many people for summer jobs. Then the weather cooled down, and companies realised their mistake," speculates Seija Rouhiainen, Pam's experts on employment contracts in tourism, restaurant and service industries.
Sini Siikström, who gives advice on a free help line for young summer workers run by trade unions SAK, STTK and Akava says that the service has received dozens of phone calls concerning termination of an employment contract.
"Some callers have said that their employer gave financial and production-related factors as the reason for terminating the employment contract. This, however, is not legal as the purpose of the probationary period is to assess the employee's performance and abilities. Production-related and financial grounds are not a valid reason to terminate a contract after a probationary period," explains Siikström.