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ⓘ Maj-Len Remahl. Maj-Len Anita Remahl is a Finnish former trade union leader. Born in Vaasa as Maj-Len Ronnholm, she grew up in a Swedish-speaking family in Sepa ..




                                     

ⓘ Maj-Len Remahl

Maj-Len Anita Remahl is a Finnish former trade union leader.

Born in Vaasa as Maj-Len Ronnholm, she grew up in a Swedish-speaking family in Sepankyla, then in Palosaari and Huutoniemi. She was educated at the Vaasa Svenska Flicklyceum and the Vaasa handelslaroverk, then took various jobs in administration. She married in 1961 and had her first child the same year. During her maternity leave, she became active in the Finnish Social Democratic Party SDP.

Remahl joined the Union of Salaried Employees STL in 1972, and in 1976 was appointed as the unions first regional secretary for Central Finland. In 1980, after her second child was born, she moved to work as a regional administrator for the Commercial Workers Union, to reduce the travel required.

In 1986, Remahl was elected as president of the union. Despite having the backing of the unions general secretary and the previous president, she was little known in the union, her campaign boosted when the Finnish Government passed that years Equality Act. The following year, the union took part in a merger which formed the Business Union, Remahl continuing as president of the new union.

In 1999, Remahl was elected as president of the International Federation of Commercial, Clerical, Professional and Technical Employees FIET, the first woman to hold the post. At the end of the year, FIET merged into the new UNI Global Union, and Remahl was elected as its president in 2001. At the time, it was noted that this was the largest global union federation to have had a Finnish president. Similarly, in 2000, the Business Union merged into the new Service Union United, and Remahl became its first president. She retired from her union posts in 2002 and 2003.