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Railway Workers' Union and JHL amalgamate

JHL (14.12.2010 - Juhani Artto) The Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL and the Railway Workers' Union are set to amalgamate. The agreement to join forces was signed on 29 November. The amalgamation proper will be finalized by the end of 2011.

JHL represents 220,000 employees in the public and welfare sectors. The Railway Workers' Union has 14,000 rank and file members. With the 234,000 rank and file members the amalgamated union will be largest in Finland.

The merger, above all, serves to strengthen the position of organized labour in the rail traffic sector. "The merger creates the strongest national organization for safeguarding interests of rail workers", presidents of the two unions Tuire Santamäki-Vuori (JHL) and Vesa Mauriala (Railway Workers' Union) stated at the signatory event. In organizing tram and subway workers JHL (and its predecessor KTV) has a long tradition.