Updates of Trade Union Union News from Finland from 1997 to 28 May 2013 are published on Juhani Artto’s web site.
Helsinki (21.03.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) "From our point of view it is only provisional", this arrangement whereby unions are involved in negotiating collective agreements, says Veli-Matti Mattila, Chairperson of the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK in an interview with the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.
In the longer run it would be for the best if all terms of work were agreed individually at company level between employer and employee, is how Mattila sums up his vision for the future.
Mattila’s statement comes fast on the heels of the employers' EK recent announcement that it will do no longer enter into agreements with the trade union confederations. It has also pulled out of the 22 existing confederation level agreements.
Just when Finnish unions are preparing for union level collective bargaining later this year, Mattila reveals his vision that the employers would like to get rid of unions altogether.
JHL (17.03.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) Päivi Niemi-Laine is willing to continue as JHL President. A group of JHL activists asked her to put herself forward as a candidate and she responded affirmatively.
The activists who asked Niemi-Laine to stay on greatly appreciate her, especially for her work in revitalising the work of the union, engagement in societal affairs and her courage to act even when faced with difficult issues.
The election will take place at the JHL Union Council meeting in Helsinki 5.–7.6.2017. The direct member ballot for the 120 members of the Council is taking place throughout March. The results will be announced on March 30.
Helsinki (02.03.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) The Confederation of Finnish Industries EK is terminating all 22 confederation level national agreements it still has with the trade union confederations.
EK announced unilaterally that it will not conduct any further national level labour market agreements. All future agreements will we be made at union or company level, EK has decided.
EK had earlier pulled out of confederation level national tripartite labour market pacts.
The 22 agreements to be jettisoned cover several practical issues like collecting trade union fees, provisions on employee training and the rights of shop stewards.
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.
- The role of municipalities will remain strong in promoting wellbeing and health
- STTK: The Act on Co-operation within Undertakings needs to undergo full reform
- Unions are looking for new ways to work: a media cooperative and a music club
- Katja Lehto-Komulainen of ETUC: Workers´ voice must be heard in Europe
- 1,176 candidates for the JHL Union Council elections
- JHL attracted 11,000 new members in 2016
- Paper Workers' Union pull out of a planned merger of four industrial unions
- Merger of four industrial trade union moves forward
- Police resources should be guaranteed by law
- Electrical Workers' Union choose a new President and continue to defend Polish workers' rights at the Olkiluoto construction site