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Eloranta wants to continue as JHL's President

JHL (23.04.2012/corrected 24.04.2012 - Juhani Artto) Jarkko Eloranta, JHL's President since September 2011, has reacted positively to union activists who have asked him to stand for re-election. The new 120-member Union Council will hold its first meeting from 5 to 7 June 2012 in Helsinki and will elect the President and two Vice Presidents for a five-year term.

As to date, two persons have announced their candidacy for the Vice President posts. They are Pirjo Mäkinen, Vice President since September 2011, and Päivi Niemi-Laine who heads JHL's communications and community relations department. Following a common practice in the Finnish trade union movement, the aforementioned were also prevailed upon, by union activist groups, to put themselves forward as candidates in the Vice Presidential election.

All three have very considerable experience when it comes to union work. Eloranta has worked at the JHL since 1994. Prior to his election as Vice President in 2007 he headed the union's international unit. His supporters stress that Eloranta has succeeded well in his role as union President. They say that, as the number one leader, he is open-minded and amenable to dialogue with others.

Mäkinen began work at JHL's predecessor VAL in 1997. At JHL, prior taking up the Vice President post, she worked as chief of personnel. Her supporters underline Mäkinen's capabilities, notably, in community relation work, and in safeguarding the interests of rank and file members and as chief of personnel

Niemi-Laine became director of JHL's communications and community relations unit in 2009. Prior to that she worked at the trade unions Pardia and Jyty. Her supporters credit her with a creative and reform-minded approach to things, which compliment her experience in community relation work and commitment to safeguarding the interests of rank and file members.