Preventing the gray economy is an essential objective of the Hanhikivi 1 construction site management.
The subcontractor network will be managed and supervised, and the gray economy prevented through good preparations with labor and employer unions, the plant supplier, and different authorities. Fennovoima has assembled a working group of representatives from the main Finnish labor market organizations; the group is brainstorming solutions for the construction site's labor market challenges.
At most, an estimated 4,000 people will be working at the Hanhikivi 1 site. The construction site will have Finnish and foreign workers, and an extensive network of subcontractors.
Fennovoima, RAOS Project, and labor market organizations have signed a site agreement on the common rules at the construction site.The site agreement lays out the agreed collaboration practices that are followed at the construction site: among others, the exchange of information, problem-solving procedures, labor union representation at the construction site, and practical ways to prevent the gray economy.
A key tool for Fennovoima's fight against the gray economy is a site register, which was introduced in July 2015. The register is used to ensure that all required information regarding the supply chain companies and people working at the site are in order.
We do not accept unregistered companies or persons to work at the site. With the site register, we aim to secure that our construction site complies with applicable legal obligations at all times. In addition to the reports submitted to the tax authorities, the register allows us to deliver real-time information on the people working at the site, orientation training they have received, and occupational safety at the construction site to the Regional State Administrative Agency. The tax authorities, Regional State Administrative Agency and STUK have the right to obtain a status report of the site register information whenever necessary.
In practice, the site register is a centralized registration system that contains information (e.g. insurance and collective bargain information, all certifications and information required by the Contractor’s Liability Act) from all companies and workers on site, regardless of their nationality. The site register also includes the necessary processes to manage this information. The system contains a lot of automated functionalities that facilitate the management of a large construction site. Such functionalities are, for instance, automatic checking of the contractor’s liability information and transfer of the data directly to authorities, as has been agreed with them. The register system also allows real-time worker inspections on site.