Finland - Union fights for public rail - April 30, 2016

A campaign called Raidepuolue (Rail Party) started in March 2016 with a public event at the Helsinki railway station. The goal of the campaign is to stimulate debate on rail transport and its future. Behind the campaign are Railway Professionals JHL and the Locomotive Drivers Union VML, which have started this action as a reaction to the governments’ plans to open up domestic passenger rail transport to private competition. This could mean an end to many local rail connections. Railway Professionals JHL fears that the whole future of the rail transport could be under threat. Railway Professionals JHL is part of the trade union for the public and welfare sectors JHL comprising those JHL members who work on rail transport. The campaign will continue to the end of 2016. It will go to 18 cities with a campaign tent in front of railway stations and visits to the rail transport working places.

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