Dirty secret of Estonia’s building sites
The number of violations related to the recruitment of foreign labour has increased steeply, because some Estonian construction firms have discovered a new source of wealth – Ukrainians willing to build houses in Estonia for a few hundred euros per month while living in ascetic conditions.
20.12.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Cheap Ukrainian workforce free to enter Estonia via Poland
Of foreign workers registered in Poland, about 80 percent are Ukrainians. But Poland has unemployment too and no work for all who come. Therefore, several Polish companies have focused on mediating workers to elsewhere in Europe.
04.08.2016, Greete PalgiPM
Social ministry sets recruitment quotas
Social ministry has divided the number thousand between counties and ministries and thus determined how many people with permanently reduced work capacity local governments and state agencies are to hire in next five years.
16.06.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
The state comes under rehabilitation providers ire
By mid-February, rehabilitation institutions were outright angry at National Social Insurance Board as the latter delayed with payments while failing to let them know they were having trouble. Even the related staff at the board was in the dark.
17.02.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
The great Keila layoff: a bang. Then, silence
The smokers «cages» attached to the wiring systems maker PKC provided the only and lonely place, yesterday, for those painfully laid off to come talk to reporters.
12.02.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Albanian family's story about to alter Estonian law
Almen, an Albanian with three years of court dispute under his belt with Police and Border Guard (PPA) regarding asylum application is also filing for residence permit to be processed simultaneously with the application for asylum. A glance on the broader picture reveals a need for law amendment, admit prime and interior ministers.
29.01.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
The state to again alter pension system
After every five years the state analyses if our pension system is financially and socially sustainable. Again, a fresh related report is being prepared. What's more: in its action programme, the government has promised to consider introducing flexible retirement age and faster rise of base amount of pensions – a task which the ministries have indeed been performing this past year both by meeting interest groups and analyzing Excel tables.
28.01.2016, Kadri HansaluPM
Work capacity reform stage two: old sick leave system to go
Think-tank Praxis suggests people might work while on sick leave. Also, analysts say employees might think about compensation stretched from five days to 30.
14.01.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Former Estonian Air employees receive redundancy benefits worth EUR 607,000
The Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund has paid out 607,000 euros worth of redundancy benefits to 129 former employees of Estonian Air.
National Audit Office dissatisfied with governmental efforts to develop economy
The chronic ills of Estonian economy have been overshadowed by positiveness of macroeconomic indicators but haven't gone anywhere, Auditor General Alar Karis writes in annual report.
24.11.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
In Estonia, a debtor lives the good life
Estonia is turning into a paradise for indebted private persons. It is mainly the «minnows» who toil to pay back debts over here, like those stupid enough to draw fast loans. Whoever owes a lot is sailing towards expiry of obligations or debt cancellation as allowed by law.
30.10.2015, Oliver KundPM
A ministry and its lone half-time crisis manager
Addressing the social ministry regarding refugees, journalists have but one person to address. That'll be Triin Raag, a local governments specialist at social department. In this situation of crisis, one lady is loaded with arrangement of housing and support. What's more, she's officially employed just half-time. Come New Year, Estonia will be receiving some 200 «batch one» refugees. To this, add 373 latest Juncker-quota people.
11.09.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Pray for Nitrofert to resurrect. Again
This year, Kohtla-Järve missed its celebrated Chemists Day, a joy of the whole town. The chemists of Nitrofert the fertilizer maker, waiting for their lay-offs announced, think back to the glory days of folks bringing the families and having lots of fun.
24.07.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: Ida-Virumaa in need of increased attention
In Kohtla-Järve, the fertilizer maker Nitrofert lays off all its 426 workers. Unemployment Insurance Fund says the redundant will be advised and assisted, and that the region has vacancies enough. So it's too bad... but not overly so.
The mental health trouble
Praxis, the think-tank, thinks work capacity reform should also touch the «ordinary workers» at risk of or sliding towards deteriorated health.
15.05.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Unemployment fund head: employers should boost attractiveness
For several years running, disarray is order of the day at Estonian labour market – on the one hand, entrepreneurs converged in Tallinn and Harju County lack labourers; on the other, in several rural regions joblessness remains an issue.
19.03.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Estonia's registered unemployment climbs to 4.9 pct in February
The number of people registered as unemployed in Estonia was 30,919 in February, who made up 4.9 percent of the country's working-age population, the Unemployment Insurance Fund reported on Tuesday.
Estonian berry wines beginning to break bureaucracy
Winemaking has always been going on in Estonian homes. By now, the gauntlet to sell it has been run by three – one bottling wine from grapes and the others from fruit.
25.02.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Registered unemployment rises to 4.3 pct in December
In December compared to November the number of registered unemployed in Estonia increased by 0.1 percentage points to 4.3 percent of the working-age population.
Simple step by government would halt lay-off of hundreds
Despite the breathtakingly plunging price of oil, VKG (Viru Keemia Grupp) would this very Monday call all its laid off staff back to their posts – if government only allowed the company to mine its entire needed oil shale.
09.01.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Work capacity reform delayed
Yesterday, Riigikogu social commission received amendments to work capacity reform bill by coalition MPs whereby the latter desire to raise the income level triggering cuts to work capacity benefits and to postpone entry into force of the law by half a year till January 1st 2016.
12.08.2014, Anette ParkseppPM
Reform rush results in governmental quarrel
Two weeks ago, social ministry priced assessment of work capacity at €250 per person. Now, it’s €50 and €100.
10.06.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Social reform to touch 100,000
July, next year, should see the launch of work incapacity pension reform, directly touching the 100,000 persons receiving it. Their capacity to work will, thereafter, be assessed by Töötukassa (Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund) trying to help as many as possible back to work.
17.01.2014, Anneli Ammas