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Trade Union News from Finland

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 policymaking body.