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Today, sick people are being forced into work, even when they are seriously ill. This is not acceptable in a welfare state. This year, 54,000 people on long-term sick leave will lose their sickness benefit. They must then spend three months attending an employment office, whether or not they are still ill, in order to be able to qualify once again for sickness benefit. We believe that those who are sick should receive sickness benefit until they are well enough to return to work. Rehabilitation, training and job introduction schemes will make this easier.
In the same way that illness can affect anybody, anybody can become unemployed. We want everyone to be able to afford to join the A-kassa employment insurance system, and those who are unemployed should be able to live on their A-kassa insurance until they get a new job.
Many people have lost their job in the welfare sector in recent years. These are important jobs that have disappeared, and we want municipalities and county councils to be able to re-establish quality within health care, personal care and education. We therefore want to invest in both higher quality and more jobs in the welfare sector. We also want to invest in the future of young people by increasing and improving support for clubs and societies. Recreation centres, sports clubs and cultural societies are important for young people’s leisure time and are an investment in the future.
- We want people who are ill to receive sickness benefit. When they become well again, they must receive help in returning to work through job introduction schemes, rehabilitation and training.
- We want to invest in higher quality and more jobs in the welfare sector.
- We want to invest in the future of young people by increasing support for clubs, societies and organisations.
- We want everyone to be able to afford to join the A-kassa employment insurance system, and those who become unemployed should receive enough to live on until they get a new job.