Finland’s labour union has launched a campaign aimed at preventing young members from joining unions that are “unrepresentative” of the majority of the public.
The trade union Finland, which has around 1,000 members, has created an online tool called “the trade union education tool” to encourage people to “find out what is going on in Finland’s unions and what they have to do to keep it that way”.
The tool, which was created on Wednesday, asks people to provide information about their unions and the issues they have been involved with and what can be done to protect them.
It will be available on the official website for two weeks.
The tool will also be available to the public, so people can “read up on our labour rights and rights of workers”, the organisation said.
“This will help you understand what is happening in your union, the issues that are happening in the union and how you can protect yourself against the effects of unionism,” it said.
The organisation said its aim was to raise awareness about the dangers of union membership, which is seen as a threat to Finnish society and a major contributor to its declining prosperity.
The country has been one of the EU’s biggest economic contributors and was one of only a few EU countries to keep its GDP in the black, which means the country has one of lowest rates of unemployment and lowest levels of poverty.
About 5.5 million people are members of the Finnish union, which represents workers in the construction, hospitality, mining and food industries.
However, the organisation has also been targeted for political attacks, with a recent poll showing it has less than 10 per cent of the vote.
The union has been campaigning against the government’s labour reforms, which it says are putting pressure on the public sector to cut jobs and increase labour costs.
In a recent survey, the public said they were more likely to join unions if they felt that the union represented the interests of the wider society and they were not being unfairly treated.
The Finns Labour Party has said the government has no plans to reverse the labour reforms but the union has said it wants the reforms to be “transformed”.
“There is an urgent need to change the labour law, which affects our future,” the union said.
A spokesman for the Finnish Labour Party, who asked not to be named, told Al Jazeera that it does not have a position on the union’s campaign.
The spokesman said the party would not comment on the trade union campaign.
“It’s an opinion piece that we’re happy to debate on our website, but the party does not see this as a political issue,” he said.