By Enrique Tessieri
I visited Tampere over the weekend and visited a popular beer tavern called Ravintola Plevna. One of the first matters that caught my eye was a sign on the upper-left-hand side of the entrance that read: “Finnish work.”* If you visit Plevna’s website you will, however, find links of the establishment in English, German and Russian.
The sign on the door, Suomalainen työ, is misleading for a number of reasons. First, it’s unclear if they are speaking of Finnish employees and/or products.
If we look at the Avainlippu logo means that a product has been produced in Finland. But what does this imply?
While Plevena does not openly advertised that it hires only Finns, placing such a sign on the wall sends a mixed signal especially during this tougher times for immigrants and minorities in Finland.
Unemployment is an issue that affects all of us irrespective of our background. It is like a bomb that does not ask you where you are from before it tears you to shreds.
Finns and Finnish unions should understand that immigrants are in the same, or worse boat, than Finnish workers. Usually immigrants are the last one’s hired and the first one to get laid off from their jobs.
Migrant Tales would be very happy to publish pictures of signs sent by bloggers on establishments that have a policy of hiring only Finns.