Finnish union successfully lobbies for change in unemployment law

Since 2013 freelance journalists in Finland enjoy better legal status in case of unemployment. The law now recognises them as freelance journalists and not as entrepreneurs thus permitting access to unemployment benefits. The legislative change came about thanks to successful, constant lobbying of the Union of Journalists in Finland (UFJ).  Additionally, freelance journalists now do not have to wait for months to be able to receive unemployment benefits. The amendments will benefit especially immigrant journalists who often work as freelancers due to the language barrier but could not fall back onto the safety net provided to their Finnish counterparts. To find more information, click here.