23 rank and file members of
the JHL elected
to the new Finnish Parliament
JHL (28.04.2011 - Juhani Artto) The April 17 parliamentary elections in
Finland proved highly successful for members of the Trade Union for the
Public and Welfare Sectors JHL. Out of the JHL 113 candidates who stood, no
less than 23 were elected to the 200-seat parliament. 17 are Social
Democrats. 4 represent the Left Alliance, one the True Finns and one the
Centre Party. These MPs and members of the JHL come from all major regions
of the country.
In fact, most members of the new Parliament are rank and file members of
trade unions. The figure is over 120. This is not new as the Parliaments
elected in 2007 and in 2003 also had a majority of MPs organized in trade
Union affiliated MPs reflect the whole political spectrum from left to
The Social Democrats (SDP) and the National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) have
the largest union representation.