Trade Union News from Finland
About 250 rank and file members candidate
in Pro's Union Council election
Pro (22.05.2012 - Juhani Artto)
A new Union Council for the Trade Union Pro will be elected after the
vacation period. The voting will begin on August 27 and end on September 7.
Some 250 rank and file members are standing for election to the 100-member
Council. The time
for selecting candidates, within the associations, ended on May 15.
Members, who are working or looking for work or temporarily outside of the
labour market, have the right to vote in the election. This concerns rank
and file members who are included in the union's rank and file member
register by August 1 (4pm).
Members vote for candidates in their own voting districts. The service
and the financial sector constitute their own national voting districts,
whereas the ICT sector and the industrial sector are divided into four
regional districts (East, South, West and North).
This mechanism safeguards a balanced distribution of Council members
to the amount of rank and file members in various sectors and in
various geographical parts of the country. In the service and financial
sectors the geographical distribution is balanced by quotas from various
of the country.
The industrial sector has the largest number of rank and file members. They
have 39 seats on the Council. The service sector has 26 seats, the financial
sector 18 and the ICT sector 17.
In the Council, 37 members come from the South. The West also has 37 seats.
The East is represented by 15 members and the North by 11.
The Union Council is Pro's supreme policymaking body. The Council is elected
for four years. The new Council is planned to have its first meeting in November
2012. The Council has two regular meetings annually and may also have extra
meetings if needed.
This is the first time Pro will elect the Council members by a rank and file
member ballot. The present Council originates from elections organized at
the two unions - TU and Suora - that amalgamated to form Pro in late 2010.
was launched officially on January 1 last year.