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Monday's papers: Controversial bill to become law, worried elders, and Brad Pitt in Tampere

The Patient Safety Act will be passed into law by Parliament on Monday, according to media reports.

Hollywood star Brad Pitt at the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere on Saturday. Image: Jani Aarnio / Yle

Helsingin Sanomat reports (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that the controversial Patient Safety Act — which the paper notes has "stirred emotions" — is set to be passed into law at a sitting of Parliament on Monday.

The law could see striking nurses ordered to return to work during industrial strikes, and would also give regional administrative agencies the power to postpone or suspend strikes.

If the bill does become law on Monday, a planned four-day strike called by nursing unions Tehy and SuPer would be unlikely to go ahead, HS writes.

The unions have slammed the Patient Safety Act as a "forced labour law" that would limit the right to strike while not offering solutions to the long-term nursing shortage, which they argue poses a far greater threat to patient safety.

Minister for Family Affairs and Social Services Aki Lindén (SDP) told Yle TV1's Ykkösaamu chat show on Saturday morning that the law could also be used to prevent mass resignations in the sector, which the unions have also indicated they are planning.

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Elderly worried by threat of invasion, rising prices

Tabloid Iltalehti reports (siirryt toiseen palveluun) on a survey commissioned by a pensioners' association which found that 70 percent of respondents aged 55 and over were worried about Finland being attacked by another country.

"It [Finland being attacked] worried 34 percent 'a lot' and 35 percent quite a lot.' The invasion of Finland by a foreign power and nuclear war worry women slightly more than men," Sakari Nurmela, a research director with Kantar Public, which conducted the survey, told IL.

The survey also found that respondents were concerned by issues including the Covid pandemic, climate change and the rising cost of living.

Simo Paassilta, chair of the association that commissioned the poll, told IL that the recent rise in prices — especially for food and electricity — has left a large number of pensioners in "real trouble".

"This distress call by pensioners has also been revealed in the almost daily contacts with organisations and in the surveys commissioned by various parties. The government of our country must now react to this cry for help," Paassilta said.

Stars impressed by Tampere scenery

One of the most-read items on Tampere-based Aamulehti's website over the weekend was news (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that Hollywood star Brad Pitt and singer-songwriter Nick Cave were in the city for the opening of an exhibition of their art work.

The exhibition at the Sara Hildén Art Museum marks the first time either Pitt or Cave have publicly displayed their works, which is a "big deal" for Tampere, City Mayor Anna-Kaisa Ikonen (NCP) tells Aamulehti.

The visitors were especially impressed by the city's nature and lake scenery, Ikonen added, and told her they were planning to take a traditional Finnish sauna.

"They joked that they could even move here. I said they are warmly welcome," she said.

The exhibition also includes the work of British-born Thomas Houseago — a world-renowned artist known for his sculptures in plaster, rebar, bronze and wood — and will run until January 2023.

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