The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK and Workers' Educational Association TSL will provide digital training skills to one thousand employees in the next two years. Google.org is supporting the project to the tune of 220,000 euro.
A total of 68 per cent of Finns agree that a strong trade union movement is a vitally important part of Finnish society, according to a survey commissioned by the newspaper Maaseudun Tulevaisuus.
The Summer Job Helpline is once again up and running, which is a sure sign of spring. The helpline is provided jointly by the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), Akava and the Finnish Confederation of Professionals (STTK). If you have summer job questions, you can get advice and answers throughout the summer, from the beginning of May to 30 August.
30.4.2021Six months to go for glitz and glamour! Secure your place in Ammattialafoorumi, JHL’s fantastic event!
JHL’s biggest member event, Ammattialafoorumi (occupational sector forum) is only six months away, and already two thirds of places are filled. Secure your place today: Listen to top speakers, celebrate in the evening gala and meet a whole bunch of other star professionals from your sector! See you in Tampere on 29–30 October!
Helsinki (29.04.2021 - Heikki Jokinen) Targeting, harassment or cyberbullying are an unfortunate reality for many people due to their work. The problem is growing, and the unions are working to help victims both in a practical way and through political action.
The employers' association, the Technology Industries of Finland announced on 25 March that it will pull out of the national collective bargaining system. It has established a new association, which will henceforth handle all matters connected to collective bargaining.
One in four employers have unjustifiable sought to restrict employee and shop steward rights to express their views regarding their workplace.
Helsinki (12.03.2021 - Heikki Jokinen) Plans to create a major new unemployment fund are proceeding apace. However, one of the funds originally expected to be part of the merger pulled out but will now be replaced by another fund.
Your trade union JHL negotiates fair terms and conditions of employment for you, and union shop stewards protect your interests in workplaces. These benefits can’t be measured in money, but that’s not the case of other JHL membership benefits!
Taking the coronavirus vaccine protects employees from a dangerous infectious disease. The safety of the vaccine will be ensured carefully before it is released on the Finnish market. JHL’s members should take the vaccines recommended by Finnish health care authorities.
The forest industry giant UPM announced on 8 February that it will no longer participate in negotiations on collective agreements for salaried employees at any level in Finland. This unilateral refusal to engage in collective bargaining is not just based on a whim.
The Finnish multinational forest company UPM announced on 8 February that it will no longer engage in any kind of collective agreements at any level for salaried employees in Finland. All terms of work will be negotiated on an individual basis.
10.2.2021Extensive survey reveals: Municipalities are recommendable employers, although coronavirus placed a burden on employees
The findings of the Kunta10 survey conducted in autumn 2020 demonstrate that work communities are regarded to be well functioning and municipal employers worthy of recommendation despite the coronavirus. Because of the coronavirus, people in professions where remote work was possible started to work from home. These people had the feeling of having better control over their work.
Two Finnish trade union confederations SAK and STTK view the EU Commission proposal for a minimum wage positively and support its objectives. The federations issued a joint statement on this in December.
13.1.2021Eased rules on layoffs and other employment legislation no longer in effect after turn of year
The eased rules on layoffs and other employment legislation, used in the private sector because of the coronavirus crisis, have no longer been in effect after the turn of the year. Likewise, several temporary changes made to unemployment security ceased to be in effect at the end of 2020.
Helsinki (17.12.2020 - Heikki Jokinen) The Finnish Government proposes to amend the law to oblige employers to pay compensation to employees for all non-compete clauses in their employment contracts. Trade unions have long drawn attention to the fact that the existing law is unfair and has led to a fast and wildly growing number of such clauses.
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.
Christmas and New Year affect opening hours at the JHL Central Office, the Regional Offices and phone services.
1.12.2020Eloranta calls for employer responsibility concerning agreements, to avoid new risks and unpredictability
Helsinki (01.12.2020 - Heikki Jokinen) The Finnish forest industry decision to unilaterally terminate national level collective bargaining is clearly a risk for companies in that sector and a leap into unchartered waters, says Jarkko Eloranta, President of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK.
15.11.2020 - (Heikki Jokinen) On Friday 13 November, the trade union Pro representative body elected Jorma Malinen to remain in charge of the union for the period 2020 - 2024. He has been Pro President since 2014.
The City of Oulu has distributed gift vouchers as a reward to those employees who did not participate in the strikes in September and October. JHL, the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors were incensed at this move by the City.
Food couriers are employees, not entrepreneurs, says Finland's Labour Council. It released two statements on the issue in October. Service Union United PAM welcomes the statements.
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.
29.10.2020Carlos: The Union Is Your Champion
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.