Trade Union News from Finland
JHL supports move to delve
into Finnish public sector's cooperation with
companies operating in developing countries
JHL (27.03.2012 - Juhani Artto)
Finnwatch, the watchdog agency tracking Finnish companies' operations in
countries has established a new research project supported by four Finnish
trade unions and the Finnish NGO International Solidarity Foundation. The
Decent Work programme will investigate working conditions at company units
those of their subcontractors in developing countries, which supply goods to
The unions taking part in this effort are the Trade Union for the Public and
Sectors JHL, the salaried employees union Pro, health and social sector
employees' Tehy and the Finnish Food Workers' Union SEL.
Special attention will be paid to working hours, employees' livelihood
and occupational safety and health. This year the project will also probe
the origin of developing country products used in hospitals.
"For JHL it is important to learn to know how extensively the Finnish public
sector cooperates with company units in developing countries and what kind
of working conditions they apply", says Eveliina Petälä, an employee at
JHL's international unit.
The goal is not only to provide information but also to influence companies,
decision-makers and people responsible for public procurements so as to make
actions more responsible.
"As a broad network of organizations, the Decent Work programme is an easy
way to influence companies", says Sonja Vartiala, the executive manager of