Another difference between the two candidates becomes clear when the topic of hobbies comes up. Jokinen mentions culture, cooking and enjoying a cup of coffee on the market square as his favourite pastimes, while Löfgren chooses exercise – whether it be running or skiing.
Those are the biggest differences between the two candidates that were revealed during the panel. But the panel discussion continued on some major themes that concern the members of Akava:
Maria Löfgren believes that the funding for education has lately been too erratic: funding for education has been cut and some of it has been made temporary.
Jari Jokinen also mentions continuous learning in addition to the erratic funding. According to Jokinen, the opportunities for adult education and learning while working should be improved.
Role of central organizations in the 2020s
Jokinen points out that Akava’s efforts to influence legislation are not that visible, especially not to the younger generations.
“Akava can sit at negotiating tables to which individual unions do not have access. These are the tables where laws that concern the members of Akava are drafted. The work that Akava members do is changing rapidly: multi-location work is becoming more common and when it comes to remote work, for instance, the law lags far behind reality! We have a lot things to advocate for.”
Löfgren agrees and points out that, in addition to labour legislation, it is Akava’s role to influence issues relating to social security.
“Akava has a good outline for reforming the social security system, but we need to make this outline more concrete. We need a more incentive-based social security. In addition, as Akava, we can also influence the debate on tax policy.”
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