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
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
the implementation of this demand. The third demand is to ensure these
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
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