“In its biannual meeting, the Council always receives a report of what has been done and how this is related to the council agreement. This provides a structured framework for the operations of the entire organisation.”
This article is structured so that the text introduces the contents of the recently completed council agreement, and Jari Jokinen explains in his quotes how the intent of the council agreement is translated into practice or how it appears in the activities of TEK. The idea, therefore, is to go through the entire council agreement. The subheadings are the same as the ones in the council agreement.
Technology professionals build a sustainable, equal future
The new council agreement expresses the joint will of the council factions for TEK’s term of council 2023–2026: what are the priorities and the areas of development.
According to its rules, the purpose of TEK is “to act as its members’ common bond and support in their joint endeavours, to promote its members’ shared interests, to promote the technical sciences, technology and the common preconditions for industrial development, to represent the sector's expertise and to work for the development of general financial preconditions of the country’s economic life for the betterment of people and their living environment”. Activities are developed in active interaction with TEK members.
“In practice, interactive development means, for instance, that TEK's researchers conduct research to form an understanding of what our members need and how our activities should be developed. Our digitalised services also provide timely information on needs and shortcomings.”
We at TEK build an equitable and safe work life and society for everyone, regardless of their background. Our aim is to dismantle discriminatory structures and attitudes in work life.
“Discriminatory structures in work life can be dismantled by producing more information on how the labour market seems to be working. We at TEK are not the ones who make the decisions that dismantle discriminatory structures in work life, but we have long tried to communicate, through research, the areas where people’s skills are underutilised due to discriminatory attitudes.”
We aim to facilitate the internationalisation of the labour market and to promote a high level of skills in the field of technology.
“Among other issues, we have informed politicians of our concerns about international talent being systematically thrown out of the country under the current Government Programme, unless they find a job within three months. Three months is a short time during recruitment processes and, in some situations, non-competition agreements prevent people from finding employment in this period.”
TEK membership builds good life
Members services that make an impact are developed based on what we know about the wishes and needs of TEK members. This includes individual services.
Work-life balance is facilitated through lobbying and contract activities. The needs of tech professionals who have moved to Finland are given particular attention in our services and member acquisition.
It is TEK’s aim that all TEK members will also want to remain members from university to the grave.
“We can succeed in this if we do our essential work well and so that our members feel that TEK is useful, even before they graduate. By the way, it’s worth checking out the various webinars and recordings we have available online.”
Cooperative and professional supervision of interests in the labour market
TEK supervises its members’ interests while taking into account the specific characteristics of each member group. The supervision of interests means ensuring that the income level of all TEK members is maintained, in cooperation with other trade organisations.
TEK behaves proactively as the labour market and the supervision of interests develop. TEK supports the improvement of shop stewards’ skills and operating conditions. Labour market training is extensively provided together with partners.
Lobbying to influence social policy is done with consideration for the diverse backgrounds of members and the diversity of employment relationships at different stages in life and careers.
“Lobbying to influence social policy refers to cooperation through Akava, the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland, to influence legislation, and our own active efforts towards the Government and the officials in our country.”
The social security decisions concerning entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals should be given special attention when drafting the overall reform of social security.
TEK’s supervision of interests also aims to improve the attractiveness of various academic careers in technology.
“All sectors are now competing for young people. We need to be able to influence, for example, the ways of making a career in technology appear attractive to young women as well. The technology sector needs diversity to further enrich outcomes. We also need to convince the parents of young people of the opportunities that the tech industry can offer.”
Together with other trade organisations, TEK aims to ensure that, in company-specific negotiations, the employees/staff are represented by a shop steward and the employees retain the minimum protection of the labour legislation and collective agreements.
“We work in cooperation through Akava to retain the minimum protection. As TEK, we want to emphasise that we have nothing against local negotiations, but they have to be done fairly. We also make this clear to politicians.”
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