Questions about becoming a member

Who can join Trade Union JHL? How do I pay the membership fee and what is the fee? See the FAQ and answers related to JHL membership.

How large is the JHL membership fee, and what is it deducted from?

The membership fee for a working member of the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors and the unemployment fund is 1% of all taxable earned income; gross income before taxes.

How do I pay the membership fee?

When you join, you can choose whether your employer will deduct the fee directly from your pay or whether you will pay it yourself.

Deduction by employer

When filling in the electronic membership form, you can also print out an authorisation form giving your payroll accountant the authority to deduct the membership fee.  If you do not have access to a printer, when you fill in the form you can request to have it sent directly to your home address. If you are joining JHL using a paper form, submit a copy of the completed form to your employer’s payroll administration, in addition to sending one to the union.

Paying the fee yourself

The Membership Service will automatically send you a reference number with which you will pay your membership fee. The payment reference letter also includes your membership fee percentage for calculating your membership fee, and bank account details.

 Can I join JHL?

You can become a member of JHL if you work for

  • the state, a municipality, a joint municipal authority or a parish
  • an enterprise or company owned by the above
  • an association or a non-profit organisation
  • a company or corporation providing services for the public sector, or in a corresponding sector.

In addition, independent entrepreneurs working in the above-mentioned sectors can be members of Trade Union JHL. Independent entrepreneurs are full-time or part-time entrepreneurs who work without employees. Entrepreneur members cannot, however, join JHL’s unemployment fund. For entrepreneurs there is the Unemployment Fund for Entrepreneurs (previously SYT).

Can I join JHL even if my employment relationship is not permanent?

Yes, you can. The duration of your employment relationship has no bearing on whether you can join; it can be permanent, for a fixed term or part time.

Can I be a member of more than one trade union at a time?

Yes, you can, but you can only belong to one unemployment fund.

 What do I do if I want to switch to JHL from another trade union and/or unemployment fund?

In your membership application form, you can authorise JHL to terminate your membership in your previous union and/or unemployment fund for you. You must, however, make sure that your membership is in order until the date when your previous membership ends.

If you join the new unemployment fund within one month of leaving your previous one, you can be credited the work time you have accumulated in your previous unemployment fund.

Do I need to know the correct local branch when I join?

When you join JHL, you will become a member of its local branch, which is a member branch of JHL. You do not need to know the correct local branch. JHL’s Membership Service will direct you to the right local branch based on your employer and workplace.