We will halve the unemployment through an expansionary economic policy. Billions of euros in stimulus will repay itself in the years to come. This effort shall be directed towards productive public investments that will stimulate job creation in all regions of Finland, such as roads, railways, reasonably priced new apartments and apartment repairs, welfare services, and research and product development.
The stimulus will reduce the debt created by unperformed repairs and underfunded services, increase equality and create jobs throughout entire Finland, including the private sector, as well as increase the state’s income from taxes and decrease the costs of unemployment.
We will make Finland a trailblazer in energy efficiency and renewable energy by advancing sustainable, decentralized energy solutions, such as geothermal energy, solar and wind power, energy-storing technology and eco-friendly, job-creating bioenergy. Finland must commit to sufficient emission cuts and becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.
We will end the favorable treatment of large capital incomes and tax all income on a uniform progressive scale. By reducing income differences, this will also benefit the economy. We will return the wealth tax and end taxes on incomes under 10,000€ / year. We will reduce the poverty of pensioners, unemployed persons and students by raising the basic social security grant level to 800 €. We will begin the transformation from the current welfare system, which is characterized by bureaucracy, to a guaranteed basic income.
International tax avoidance by wealthy persons and large companies presents a problem for the funding of the welfare state. We will make the closure of tax havens and the plugging of international tax leaks one of the main goals in Finnish EU policy. All ownership must be made transparent and the international exchange of automatic tax information must happen smoothly. We will work to make country-specific bookkeeping and a financial transaction tax reality. We will also ensure that the resources for fighting the black market and tax avoidance will be sufficient.
We will reduce the health gap with extensive social and health services. Publicly produced services are also essential for gender equality and the goal of guaranteeing a safe life for everybody. We will support the families, increase the resources for child protection services and outpatient care for mental patients and also strengthen the support for caregivers.
By improving elderly care we will guarantee a dignified old age for everybody. We demand a binding standard for the amount of nurses in the Act on Supporting the Functional Capacity of the Older Population and on Social and Health Care Services for Older Persons and will maintain the subjective right to daycare for every child.
The quality and equality of daycare services, elementary education, secondary education, academic education and liberal adult education must be secure throughout Finland. Education must be free and the student benefits must become less loan-based.
We will not debase the conditions of work, but will instead strive for a ban on zero-hour contracts, a guaranteed wage for temp labor and for limiting the use of part-time labor so that it is only done for a good reason.
A conditions-based bonus must be paid for part-time labor and odd jobs. We will combat all discrimination and end the gender wage gap. We will improve the people’s ability to fit their working life and family life together and also increase equality by distributing the parental leave according to the 6+6+6 model. The line between employment and entrepreneurship must be clarified. Collective bargaining must be allowed for self-employed persons as well as employees.
The welfare system must enable the people to move from one form of labor to another. The welfare of small entrepreneurs, micro-entrepreneurs and freelancers must be improved, and the lower limit where the companies start paying the value-added tax must be increased to 25.000 €. The hiring of the first employee must become easier for small entrepreneurs.
Finland must remain outside of military alliances. NATO membership would weaken Finland’s security, independent decision-making and undercut our work to make the structures of international peace stronger.
We do not accept racism. All the people living in Finland are equal, no matter their skin color, nationality, gender, religion or sexual orientation.