Union publishes history book

Linus Atarah

This year’s Journalism Day also anticipated the 2021 Centenary anniversary of the UFJ and the publication for the first time a history book of the organization to mark the occasion.

Loosely translated into English, Ei mikään yhden illan juttu, the title of the book, means Not a one night stand, to illustrate the difficult path the infant union had to walk in the former Czarist Russia controlled Finland before emerging as a powerful trade union at the forefront of fighting for the interests of several thousand members across the media industry.

First attempts at registering Finland’s Journalists Association was in 1889 by was torpedoed by Czar Alexander III, when he refused to approve the application 1891. Nevertheless it still operated as unregistered association until 1905. At the turn of the last century there emerged political journalists’ associations and in 1913, the first independent professional journalists’ trade union was formed in Viipuri – previously a Finnish city but lost to Russia in the Second World War. East Finland’s Journalists’ Association, as it was named, merged with nine other regional journalists’ associations formed in 1921 to become Finland’s Journalists’ Union on March 28. From then on, it gradually evolved to become the Union of Journalists in Finland, a labour organization with a total membership of a little over 14 000.