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Trade Union News from Finland
JHL effort to collect signatures for the water campaign underway

JHL (29.05.2012 - Juhani Artto) The European campaign Water is a Human Right got off to a strong start in Finland over the weekend. JHL, the largest trade union in the public sector, collected almost 400 signatures towards the campaign appeal. Two ministers from the present government were among those who signed.

The venue was the annual world village festival in Helsinki city centre. JHL had there a stall to promote the campaign and serve as a contact point for festival goers.

Those who signed the appeal are demanding clean water and functioning sanitation for all people - not only in Europe but throughout the world. The EU must participate actively in the implementation of this demand. The third demand is to ensure these services be kept public.

The campaign is an initiative of the European Federation of Public Sector Unions (EPSU) together with several European NGOs. In Finland all trade unions that organize public sector employees have joined the campaign.

The European campaign aims to collect one million signatures by the end of this year. The Finnish unions plan to contribute to this collection with 70,000 signatures.

According to a new EU procedure, one million signatures in at least seven EU Member States would mean that the campaign would be officially accepted as a European Citizens' Initiative. And then the European Commission would have to act on the initiative by making a legislative proposal.

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