The Trade Union is demanding support for trade specialties if the movement restrictions proposed by the government come into force.
CEO of the Trade Union Mari Kiviniemen According to the Commission, the effects of restrictions on movement on specialist shops can be assimilated to the closure of restaurants, so that losses caused by restrictions on movement should be compensated for movements in the sector in the same way as restaurants are compensated for losses due to closures.
According to the Government, transactions in specialty stores are not an acceptable reason for moving outdoors in the presence of possible movement restrictions.
– Many companies have profitability challenges, and some have had to close down. If movement restrictions are introduced, companies suffering from them must receive support as a matter of urgency, Kiviniemi says in a trade union release.
The Trade Union believes that the government should also reintroduce a temporary tax-free payment arrangement with a reduced default interest rate. In addition, the financial distress of companies suffering from restrictions should be alleviated by granting an exemption from the tax on existing taxes.
According to the Trade Union Confederation, the restrictions on movement proposed by the government would affect the operations of 3,800 specialty trade companies in the Helsinki metropolitan area and the Turku area. These companies employ a total of 15,600 people.
Equality under threat
According to the Trade Union, the law on restrictions on movement should treat companies equally.
During the government’s restrictions on movement, shopping would only be allowed to procure essential supplies. Thus, according to the Trade Union Confederation, restrictions on movement would weaken business conditions, especially in specialty shops, which are not considered to sell supplies necessary for personal life.
According to the Confederation of Trade Unions, the restrictions would distort the competitive neutrality of trade companies if the sale of non-essential goods could continue alongside essential supplies in non-specialist shops.
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