The participants in the conference of top executives in the civil service, which is continuing today, agreed that the public sector should lead the way in implementing work capacity reform.
Rait Kuuse, deputy secretary general on Social Policy, Ministry of Social Affairs, emphasised that work capacity reform is currently being discussed in the Riigikogu and is halfway towards becoming reality. “While the proposed change should improve the wellbeing of us all, it is going to put overall tolerance and ingrained attitudes to the test,” said Kuuse.
The top executives concluded that the change has had a strong resonance and provoked mixed feelings in the public as well as brought to the fore a number of related issues concerning the development of society as a whole. The reform is projected to result, inter alia, in hiring at least 1,000 people with reduced capacity for work in the public sector by 2020.
The aim of the work capacity reform is to change the attitude towards people with reduced capacity for work and to help those whose health permits finding a suitable job. Support from the public authorities will create more favourable conditions for hiring people with special needs. The ability of each person with reduced capacity for work in becoming an active member of society is assessed on an individual basis in order to help them find opportunities in the labour market. Employers are compensated for the costs of adjusting the workplace to the needs of people with reduced capacity for work.
The participants in the conference of top executives in the civil service include secretary generals and deputy secretary generals of ministries and Directors-General of boards and inspectorates.