After spending an hour sweating the brow and sniffing dirty containers and toilets, then complain about the fact that many of the janitorial rank and file, are comprised mainly by immigant workers.
But wait there’s more!
To show that there is really something amiss with the current state of immigrant workers in Finland, Minister of Immigration, Astrid Thors then places the brunt of the blame on the mentality of the Finnish work force, not the immigrant.
The Minister of Immigration speaks about toilets
“You haven’t quite seen the worst of it”, as Astrid Thors shakes the toilet brush. Thors already has learned that in cleaning, one always proceedes from the cleanest to the dirtiest part. The can of a container will always be cleaned first, then the ring and then finally the foot.
It sometimes requires character”, Thors says. “Helsingin Sanomat and Radio Helsinki challenged Minister of Immigration Thors, to a become acquainted with multicultural work. There are 12 cleaners employed at the Sokos hotel in Pasila, of which one is a native Finn. “That is surprising”, said an amazed Thors .
The Service director for the janitorial cleaning firm Sol, Aila Forsstörm said that, in her division there are 550 janitors, of which 80 percent are foreigners. There are those who are engineers, and have Master and Phd degrees, doctors kindergarten teachers, publishers, teachers, dentists, translators and one ballerina.
Thors lists what has gone wrong with employment: intergrating has come to mean roughly taking courses, foreign degrees are given the stiff arm, and demands on language skills being unbearable. The danger is, that it will create a two tier work force. If that has not already taken place. What’s in question is attitude” the Minister says. Thors doesn’t believe that there is any wonder cure.
Thors’ foreman is Vukosava Dujmovic. He’s orignally from the former Yugoslavia, Dujmovic was edjucated as a textile engineer, he’s been a janitor for five years.