Updates of Trade Union Union News from Finland from 1997 to 28 May 2013 are published on Juhani Artto’s web site.

JHL (28.02.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) Finnish legislation stipulates that municipalities have the responsibility to provide personal assistance for seriously disabled people.

There are between 25,000 - 30,000 personal assistants currently employed in Finland. The trade union density for this labour sector is exceptionally low for Finland, around 20 per cent. JHL, the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors counts about 2,000 personal assistants who are members of the union.

JHL has now launched a project to address the challenges and wishes expressed by personal assistants themselves in surveys.

JHL (24.02.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) Even though health and social services are to be handed over to the new regional bodies municipalities will continue to play a major role in promoting citizens' wellbeing and health, says Marjo Katajisto, a Special Adviser with JHL, the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors.

All public social welfare and health care services in Finland will be transferred from municipalities to the 18 autonomous regions at the beginning of 2019.

Wellbeing and health is achieved, among other things, through education, city and traffic planning, youth services and sports, food and culture services, Katajisto says.