JHL's new Union Council consists of 85 Social democrats and 35
representatives of the Left Alliance
JHL (30.03.2012 - Juhani Artto)
In the vote to elect the new Union Council rank and file members of
Finland's largest trade union JHL have chosen candidates from only two of
the lists available, namely; those of the Social democrats and the Left
Alliance. Both lists also included "unaffiliated" candidates.
The Social democrats won 85 seats on the 120-member Council, the Left
Alliance 35. The lists of the Centre Party, the Greens and the Finns Party
received less than one per cent of the votes each. The Left Alliance was
able to increase its share of the vote, rather noticeably, up from 25.4 per
cent to 29.2 per cent while the Social Democrats’ share went down,
marginally, from 68.7 per cent to 67.7 per cent.
The election system guarantees a fair share of the seats to each bargaining
sector. Thus the municipal sector has 81 seats, the private sector 33 seats,
the state sector 5 seats and the church sector one seat.
Over 37 per cent of the 230,000 rank and file members participated in the
direct ballot. Around 90 per cent voted by mail, with some 10 per cent
opting to use the electronic form of voting via the net. Altogether there
were 1,160 candidates.
The new Union Council will hold its first meeting from 5 to 7 June 2012 in
Helsinki. The Council is elected for five years and is JHL's supreme