Länsimetro contracts contain explicit sanctions to prevent grey economy

The construction of the west metro mainly consists of tunnel excavations. These are performed by contractors in a direct contractual relationship with Länsimetro. In turn, the contractors have a contractual relationship with their subcontractors. Steps are being taken to ensure that statutory obligations are fulfilled in the case of every contract agreement. Länsimetro does not tolerate grey economy activities on its worksites.

Contractual agreements require that contractors attend to their social responsibilities and ensure that their subcontractors also do so. A socially responsible company adheres to laws and regulations, taking care of obligations related to taxation, social security contributions and general collective agreements. Each contractor is under an obligation to ensure that its subcontractors adhere to the general collective agreement.

Social responsibility issues are monitored as part of the normal monthly site meeting routine. In grey economy and occupational safety matters, Länsimetro is also engaged in continuous cooperation with the tax authorities and the industrial safety district.

– We have asked excavation contractors to provide an extra report on their compliance with agreements. If necessary, we will apply the sanctions included in the agreements, if any deviations are discovered. The strictest option is dissolution of the contract. Grey economy activities are not tolerated on Länsimetro sites. Right now, at the excavation stage, we employ around 500 workers at metro worksites in Helsinki and Espoo, but this number will multiply when we reach the building construction stage. Our monitoring routines must also cover a larger number of workers, says Matti Kokkinen, CEO of Länsimetro Oy.

Further information

Matti Kokkinen, CEO, Länsimetro, tel. +358 50 347 1558

Länsimetro Oy is a company jointly owned by the Cities of Espoo and Helsinki, tasked with building the West Metro line from Ruoholahti to Matinkylä. The company was set up in 2007. The Länsimetro offices are situated in Tapiola, Espoo.