Dozens of subcontractor companies and hundreds of people work in the Hanhikivi 1 project area. Oversight of the large construction site is a huge effort for the parties carrying the main responsibility for the project and also for the authorities.
As the joint shop steward and joint occupational safety delegate for the construction site, our duty is to offer guidance to and represent all the people working at the construction site, regardless of their job duties or employer. To succeed in this duty, we must maintain confidential relations with all workers, employers and authorities. In addition to official inspections, we tour the construction site daily and talk with the people, and we keep in close contact with the authorities, Fennovoima, and other parties active in the project area.
Sharing information is an important part of our work. There are plenty of foreign people from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia, among other countries, working at the construction site. Many of them are not familiar with the Finnish labor legislation and terms and conditions of employment, and the occupational safety and health requirements differ from the ones in their home countries. We strive to ensure that they know their rights.
Instances of misconduct in the project area are often caused by ignorance of the Finnish rules, and the situation can be reasonably easily corrected by communicating the correct information to the companies. Reports about the problem situations are included in the company data to ensure that Fennovoima’s supply chain management team knows how the companies have fared here if they apply for new contracts in the Hanhikivi 1 project.
A personal site access permit is required for working in the Hanhikivi 1 project area. The fact that Fennovoima can revoke the access permit in case of problems makes our work much easier. It puts pressure on companies to do everything right. In addition, the data of all companies and workers is recorded in a site register so that it is easily available to us and the authorities.
We are impartial when working at the construction site, but we are backed by Fennovoima’s strong support. Each person working at the construction site can easily see that Fennovoima aims to prevent misconduct and secure the rights of workers. The starting point for all companies and people coming to work at the Hanhikivi 1 construction site is that the rules do not bend here.
Joint Shop Steward
Joint Occupational Safety Delegate
Mikko Lehtelä, the joint occupational safety delegate ensures that employers comply with Finnish occupational health and safety regulations and legislation. Jouni Karekivi, the joint shop steward of the Hanhikivi 1 construction site ensures compliance with the site agreement, the labor legislation, and Finnish terms and conditions of employment, as well as contributes to prevention of gray economy.
Did you know that:
- Securing occupational safety and workers' rights at the Hanhikivi project site are Fennovoima’s social responsibility priorities.
- In addition to the site's employee representatives, several Fennovoima experts, such as occupational safety, procurement, and business ethics experts, contribute to ensuring that occupational safety is achieved and that workers' rights are met.
- Through our work, we support the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 8. Decent work and economic growth. The goal includes, for example, protecting labor rights and promoting safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, women, and those in precarious employment.