During the last weekend of November, there will be two simultaneous events organised in Helsinki for JHL’s immigrant-origin members. The union is putting more effort into immigrant work and invites all star professionals to join the activities.
The goal of immigrant activities in Southeast Finland is to make immigrant members better informed about working life, employee rights and obligations, and to offer paths for making a difference in the trade union and society.
Recent survey: Significant change in Finnish people’s attitudes towards immigrants – two out of three want more labour immigrants
According to a recent survey by Trade Union JHL, Finnish people have an even more tolerant attitude towards labour immigration if the immigrants’ terms and conditions of employment are like those of Finnish people. Two out of three respondents (67%) are of the opinion that Finland needs more labour immigrants. Kantar-TNS conducted the survey by commission of JHL, over 1,000 people replied to it.
Your co-worker of Russian descent is not guilty of Putin’s decisions – We must not give one inch to racism
Today we celebrate the International Day Against Racism, and the topic could not be more current. Values important to JHL include fairness and boldness. We stand up for human rights, solidarity and equality. This goes for all our members.
The duty of the KaMuT network is to make immigrant members better informed about working life and employee rights and obligations.
On the Facebook page, JHL reports on its activities, advocacy and events in English. The main target groups of the public page are members with an immigrant background, professionals interested in membership, JHL members working around immigration themes and other networks interested in JHL’s English-language communications.
Being a member of a trade union guarantees you better unemployment benefits. This was the main reason Kaveri joined the trade union. "For many years I was happy to just remain a silent member of the union. Then I learned about all the other things the union does, like negotiating the collective agreement. Now I am a union activist and shop steward,” Kaveri says.
Carlos Carrara, 39, has lived in Finland for six years. He has a career in caregiving and is popular with his clients. Carlos is today a card-carrying union activist. He is working in a project to bring more caregivers to the union. Carlos informs caregivers about their rights such as paid vacations and bonus holiday pay.
Chiara Costa-Virtanen, 32, lives in Helsinki, Finland, and works in the public sector. She is also the proud mother of a lovely Finnish-Italian child.