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Initiative for the introduction of anonymous job application process

Today I left in the city council meeting an initiative, which presents anonymous job application process introduction. The aim is to prevent discrimination in the hiring process, and also check in the different administrations if is under-represented groups, be aware of why and to highlight practices that can improve the situation, such as positive discrimination.

In this model employer cannot see the name, age, date and place of birth, nationality, mother tongues, family composition or marital status before that candidates are selected to job interview.

Is not easy to find a policy that addresses all the potential problems. Of course, it must be possible to adapt the model in the various conditions that we can meet in the City of Joensuu. It is also very interesting that the city has to considered of equal treatment. Last year, in the approved plan of equality does not take a position in the recruitment and in general in all employee related issues. I understand the Non-Discrimination Act in such a way that the city’s plan was not complete.

I Hope this is helpful and I’ll continue the work for equality for all!


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Who Alain – member of joensuu City Council 2013-2016

I am a 35-year-old Geographic Information Systems Analyst. I moved here from Belgium in 2005, attracted by the Finnish nature and winter climate and the low population density. My family includes my wife Olga, our 6-month-old daughter Aino, my mother-in-law Emilia and our black cat мальчик.

I am a trained child carer. Alongside work, I have been studying for a BSc degree in Forestry in an adult education programme in Finland. My studies are nearly completed – my intention is to present my final project this autumn. I have worked, for example, in day care centres in Belgium and in Finland, as an ambulance technician in Belgium for 6 years, in a haulage company; now I work in an IT company in Joensuu.

My free-time hobbies include cycling and Finnish culture. In the past few years, NGO activities have played a major role in my life. I am chair of the Joensuu District Multicultural Association JoMoni for the fourth year now. This has allowed me to participate in many public commissions such as the Advisory Board for Ethnic Relations, the Joensuu anti-racism committee and the preparation committee for regional immigration strategy. I have also acted as chair of the local association of the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, in a movement opposing the mining of uranium, and different project steering committees.

Acting in NGOs has provided me vast knowledge about immigration policy and its implementation, but especially about the Finnish society – how decision-making works and how it can be influenced. My language skills are good enough to cope with the official jargon.

In the municipal council I wish to continue pursuing the same issues which I have been working with for years:

– An openly international Joensuu; promoting equality and anti-racist work, opportunities for inclusion and having control over one’s life for everyone

– Developing immigrant services; making language training more quickly accessible for more people, organizing and developing the city’s public services, taking young immigrants into account in the city’s youth work

– Youth work; emphasis on preventing exclusion, more diverse forms of action, promoting possibilities for leisure activities

– Traffic; enhancing the prospects for pedestrian and bicycle traffic in the city centre, building more bike lanes, improving attitudes towards public transportation.

There are of course many more important issues, but in order to achieve things, one must be able to focus and to inspire others into cooperation.

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