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Friday's papers: Afghan news, working life, and football defeat

Diversity has become an important theme in the workplace.

Lähikuva valmistuvasta hampurilaisesta Hesburgerin keittiössä.
Finnish burger chain Hesburger is the focus of complaints from former workers. Image: Nella Nuora / Yle
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After bomb attacks at Kabul airport on Thursday afternoon, several western countries including Finland announced the end of their evacuation efforts.

The Finns had already left the country by the time Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) and Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen (Cen) announced the end of their efforts after having evacuated some 340 people.

All the papers cover that press conference, but Helsingin Sanomat also has a longer piece (siirryt toiseen palveluun) using anonymous sources to describe the lead-up to the decision to deploy Finnish troops to the airport to safeguard operations.

Responsible employer?

Turku burger chain Hesburger has been in the spotlight recently after it claimed in a campaign to be a 'responsible employer'. That led to an outcry on social media from former workers who felt the claim was overblown, given their alleged HR practices.

Iltalehti interviewed (siirryt toiseen palveluun) one former Hesburger employee who details what she says is chronic under-staffing at the chain's restaurants.

Tuuli Aitchison says in her experience there were not enough staff even to complete absolutely necessary tasks, never mind taking regular breaks.

The situation was so bad, claims Aitchison, that customers noticed they were understaffed as food orders took so long to be filled at the so-called fast food restaurant.

The issues were not unknown to management.

"Regional managers know all about the problems, but the only thing to come from them were complaints that there were too many people at work, or questions about why shifts had been extended," said Aitchison.

"Profit targets are unrealistic and operations were solely directed by numbers."

Diversity in the workplace

Helsingin Sanomat's HS Visio business section carries a long feature (siirryt toiseen palveluun) on Sara Salmani, a marketing professional who helps firms reach neglected, minority audiences.

She has helped a shopping centre organise Ramadan campaign, among other marketing efforts.

Now her company is the go-to place for diverse marketing, but she says there's still a way to go in Finnish business and working life.

"When you talk about equal pay, for instance, everyone knows that women earn less than men," says Salmani. "But for example there is not proper data about the difference in salaries for racialised women and white women."

That stems from the lack of diversity at the upper levels of Finnish companies, according to Salmani.

"If a company has an expert on the topic or a diversity officer, they are often of the same demographic background: white women."

Euro success in defeat for HJK

Thursday was a big night for Finnish clubs in European football competition, but both HJK and KuPS crashed out of their current competitions.

HJK went down to a 5-2 defeat to Fenerbahce in Helsinki, losing their Europa League tie 6-2 on aggregate in what was a 'merciless lesson', according (siirryt toiseen palveluun) to Ilta-Sanomat.

KuPS Kuopio played out a scoreless draw against Union Berlin in the German capital, completing a 4-0 aggregate defeat.

They crashed out of the Conference League, but HJK move into the group stage of that competition after having been eliminated from the Champions League and then the Europa League.

This second chance structure offers greater income and more European games for champions of smaller leagues, like HJK. The Finnish club will now receive a total of three million euros from European competition alone this season, more than the total budgets of any of their Veikkausliiga rivals.

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