Left Alliance is the fifth biggest political party in Finland. Our goal is a world with justice, equality and sustainability.
Members appr. : 10.000
Local units: over 500
Regional organisations: 15
Seats in the 200-seat Parliament: 12
Ministers in the Government: 2
Votes in parliamentary elections 2011: 8,1 %
Female Organisation: Left Women
Youth Organisation: The Left Youth of Finland
Chairperson of the Party: Paavo Arhinmäki
Vice Chairperson: Aino-Kaisa Pekonen
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Third Vice Chairperson: Kalle Hyötynen
Party Secretary: Marko Varajärvi
The Left Alliance wants to put a high value on honest Finnish labour and root out the grey economy. A decent wage and good working conditions belong to all – to workers, small entrepreneurs and the self-employed, to people in fixed-term as well as in regular work contracts.
People have to have a living even when they are studying, have a pension, are ill or unemployed. Basic security is needed for this.
Tax revenue is needed but it should not be collected through raising indirect taxes such as that on real estate or the VAT. Progressive taxation is a fair way to make the prosperity stretch to everyone.
Good quality education, health care, caring and culture belong equally to all. In order to safeguard services the Left Alliance proposes that capital income and income from dividends should also be progressively taxed, that the property tax be brought back, that nuclear power plants have a fuel tax and that there is a tax on stock exchange transactions.
The climate change alters people’s living conditions. We support actions that limit greenhouse gas emissions. We support the regulation of world trade so that people and the nature will be protected. It is possible to eradicate poverty in all the world – that depends on political decisions.
Many decisions are made in the EU these days. Finland must be active there too and work to put a stop to the dumping of taxes, working conditions and the protection of the environment. We support a Europe that is tolerant and appreciates cultural diversity.
In the current situation, achieving social justice can only be attempted by a full commitment to the demand for ecological sustainability: we must put a stop to the climate change, the depletion of natural resources and growing inequality.
The document Red-Green Future contains a comprehensive account of what kind of a future society and world Left Alliance hopes to achieve.
The future society is characterised by the
• democratisation of the economic and political power structures,
• fair distribution of economic resources,
• increase of people’s civil liberties,
• respect for Earth’s limited resources,
• universal and equal rights – regardless of sex, world-view, ethnic background, wealth, age, illness or disability, etc.