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2 June 2017

Finland: industrial unions’ merger is a fact

Three trade unions, the Industrial Union TEAM, the Metal Workers' Union and the Woodworkers’ Union, have endorsed unanimously a merger that has been prepared since 2015. The path lies open for the new trade union, after the Metal Workers' Union Congress (17-18.5.2017) decided to change the name of the union into the Finnish Industrial Union (Teollisuusliitto in Finnish, Industrifacket in Swedish).

The congress was livestreamed (in Finnish). The other two unions convened on the same dates and decided to dissolve the organisations at the end of 2017. They will then join the new union.

All three unions, involved in the merger, belong to SAK, a confederation of 20 trade unions in industry, the public sector, transport, private services, and cultural and journalistic branches. The new Industrial Union will represent around 75% of the workforce involved in the country’s export of goods, with an estimated membership of 226.000 members. Industrial Union will be the second largest trade union in Finland. The actual start is in January 2018. A temporary administration will be elected from representatives of unions and will function until the end of 2017. The first common congress that will elect the responsible leadership and administration of the new union will be held in Tampere Hall on 28-30 November 2017.

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