A new report from Finland’s Confederation of Trade Unions reveals that a sharp decline in union membership has led to a sharp drop in trade union activity.
The report says that since 2010, union membership dropped from an estimated 10% of the workforce to 4.7%.
The drop is a big factor in the decline of Finnish labour market participation, which has been a main concern of the country’s trade union movement for some time.
The study says that the decline in the number of union members in Finland has been driven by a decline in political participation.
The proportion of registered members is now below 25%, while membership rates in the workforce are increasing.
Trade union leaders say the drop in union activity is due to an overall decline in trade unions, particularly in rural areas.
According to the study, the decline has been linked to a series of political and economic reforms, including the introduction of a public pension scheme and increased taxation.
Trade unions in Finland, including Unions International and Fijian Unions, have been calling for the introduction, as well as further liberalisation of labour law, to address the declining membership rate and increase employment.
Unions are seeking to expand their representation in all industries, from the public sector to the private sector, and also seek to establish an autonomous and non-governmental organisation (NGO) to represent workers across the country.
In the country, the trade union federation has around 2,600 members.
The Finnish Confederation of Labour (FFIL) and the Confederation of Employers and Labour (CEL) are both members of the Federation of Trade Union Unions (FTU), and the Finnish Confederation Of Trade Unison (FUTU).
The report also highlights that the Finns are in a precarious position, with an overall economic contraction and falling participation rates in their labour market.
Trade Union leaders say that the recent changes to labour laws have only exacerbated the labour market decline.
FUTU president Kari Aallonen said that the introduction and increasing tax revenue are encouraging unions to be more active in their unions, and that the government’s economic policies have led to an increase in unions’ membership.
“The labour market has been in a downward spiral since the financial crisis, and we think that the current economic situation is a lot more precarious than it was at the beginning of the financial downturn,” he said.
“Our union is trying to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities of working with the state to increase their membership.”
However, Finns who are registered as union members are not the only ones facing challenges in their union.
The number of members in the Finnish labour force has also decreased in recent years, with the labour force as a whole falling from 2.7 million to 1.6 million between 2010 and 2020.
The decline is due in part to a rise in migration to the country and the lack of work in the labour sector.
However, the report notes that there are other factors that have also contributed to the decline.
The FUTB has called for more labour market deregulation, including raising the minimum wage, and the introduction in 2018 of a tax-free pension scheme for members of unionised workplaces.
In addition, the FUTM has advocated the creation of a new trade union to represent the workers of public and private sector organisations.
Filing for an amendment to the labour law was banned in June 2017, but has since been reintroduced and will be debated again this year.
However the FU has also criticised the government for continuing to allow foreign labour to work in Finland.