Working life in Finland

The Finnish labour market system is based on bargaining. You don´t have to do it on your own, we bargain on your behalf.

In Finland, membership of a trade union is a legal right and commonly accepted. Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK is one of the unions for highly educated professionals. 

TEK is a partner in the national collective bargaining process and plays an important role in negotiating the salaries and terms of employment of professionals.

One of TEK’s roles is to take part in national and shop floor bargaining. TEK plays a big role in the collective bargaining as a key negotiator for engineers and architects.
Bargaining takes place through organisations dedicated to the matter.
Federation of Professional and Managerial Staff YTN is responsible for the employee side of negotiations with the private sector and JUKO handles negotiations with the public sector. Both of these organisations are formed from trade unions that belong to Akava. TEK, representing experts in technology, takes part in technology-related industries and in all other areas in which its members work.
At the local level, YTN also trains shop stewards. Shop stewards are there to help you with any work-related issues at your work place.


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by anticipating the future challenges faced by education system and especially engineering education