Working in Finland brochure combats exploitation in 24 languages – Seasonal workers’ advisory service operates again this summer

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The Working in Finland brochure, published by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, is now available in 24 languages to inform workers about their rights and where to find help in case of suspected exploitation. A multilingual advisory service for seasonal workers also combats exploitation of labour.

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The Working in Finland brochure explains the terms of employment in Finland and provides information about the measures workers should take in case of exploitation at work. In addition to Finnish, Swedish, English, Russian, Ukrainian, Nepalese and Thai, the Working in Finland booklet is now published in 17 other languages too. The new languages are French, Arabic, Albanian, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Chinese, Turkish, Farsi, Sorani, Bengali, Dari, Hindi, Urdu, Somali, Bosnian, Spanish and Portuguese. The booklet is now available in the most important languages, whose speakers usually need a permission when they come to Finland for work.

Advisory service helps victims of exploitation

An advisory service for seasonal workers also combats exploitation of labour. The service for seasonal workers and other workers from abroad is available on weekdays from 16 May until 9 September. Victim Support Finland (RIKU) is responsible for the practical operation of the counselling service. 

The service is intended for those looking for information on the terms of employment in Finland and those who suspect they have been exploited. Workers are advised on matters such as lawful terms of employment, living conditions and hygiene standards, and available legal remedies. With the worker’s permission, the matter can also be transferred to an authority for further investigation. 

The service provides advice in Russian, English, Finnish and Swedish over the phone and by instant messaging. If necessary, an interpreter is provided for other languages.The service is open at 11-13 and 15-18. 

Videos also combat exploitation

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has also produced two videos explaining the rules of working life in Finland, in order to prevent the exploitation of labour and human trafficking, and to provide information on where to seek help if necessary. 

In particular, the videos are intended for people fleeing Ukraine who can apply for temporary protection.

More information

Working in Finland brochure (tem.fi)
Riku's seasonal work helpline (riku.fi)
MEAE counseling videos for those receiving temporary protection (youtube.com)