Public and Welfare Services Union

The Public and Welfare Services Union (Finnish: Julkisten ja hyvinvointialojen liitto, JHL) is a trade union representing workers in the public sector and welfare services, in Finland.

The union was founded on 22 November 2005, with the merger of three unions:[1][2]

Three other unions, which had been affiliated to the Joint Organisations of State Employees, transferred to the JHL, while maintaining separate identities:[1][2]

All the unions were affiliated to the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions, and the JHL also affiliated. With 230,000 members, it was the biggest union in Finland. In 2008, the Non-Commissioned Officers' Union merged into the JHL, while the Railway Workers' Union joined at the start of 2012.[1][2]


2006: Tuire Santamäki Mountain
2011: Jarkko Eloranta
2016: Päivi Niemi-Laine

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  1. ^ a b c "JHL lukuina". JHL. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Kuusisto, Aleksi. "Finland's largest union begins operations". Eurofound. Retrieved 11 March 2020.