Updates of Trade Union Union News from Finland from 1997 to 28 May 2013 are published on Juhani Artto’s web site.
JHL (27.04.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) There are at least 25 000 personal assistants currently employed in Finland. They make the daily life of disabled persons easier, work as their hands, eyes, ears and feet.
However, there is no generally accepted education for the job, writes JHL Bargaining Officer Veikko Lehtonen in the JHL blog . But there is a big need for it, he adds.
Many educational institutions have built their own education and training for personal assistants. This is a positive thing, but has led to a situation where some 30 institutions are providing their own education without a joint curriculum or goals.
Helsinki (20.04.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) A large number of trade union activists and rank and file members were once again elected onto the municipal councils in the Finnish local elections.
The right wing populist Finns Party suffered serious losses in the elections, garnering just 8.8 per cent of the votes cast - a dramatic fall off in support from the parliamentary elections in 2015, when the party got an amazing 17.7 per cent of the votes.
A clear signal, perhaps, that the nationalist populist, anti-EU and anti-immigration platform is beginning to lose its appeal. The Finns Party business-orientated policy in Government has also been quite the opposite to their election slogans that promised to support working people.
JHL urge people to vote in local elections: municipalities are still important in spite of regional reform
JHL (05.04.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) Planned regional reform does not mean municipalities will disappear, says Minna Salminen, JHL Special Adviser of Public Affairs.
Municipalities and the regions will have very close co-operation in the future, in particular with regard to social and health care services, but also in areas like the emergency service.
The Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL organise professionals and students of welfare services in municipalities, the state and the private sector.
Finland is facing a new administrative situation, should the planned regional reform be passed by Parliament. All public social welfare and health care services will be transferred from municipalities to the 18 autonomous regions by the beginning of 2019.
Helsinki (31.3.2017 - Heikki Jokinen) The Social Democrats gained two new seats in the Union Council elections of the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL. The Left Alliance for their part lost two seats on the Council.
The 120 member strong JHL Union Council is elected by direct ballot every fifth year. The Social Democrats won 87 seats - two more than now - and the Left Alliance got 33 seats, two less than they have now.
The Council is the supreme policy making body of JHL. It also decides on union strategy, plan of action, budget, membership dues and approval of national collective agreements. The Council sits for a five year term.
The share of votes for the Social Democrats was 69.29 per cent and for the Left Alliance 29.72. Both lists had a slightly bigger share of votes than in the previous elections in 2012.
- Employers' leader wants to terminate union level collective agreements and cut pay
- Niemi-Laine asked to continue as JHL President
- Employers Confederation terminates all national level labour market agreements
- New forms of advocacy for personal assistants
- 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