How the Finnish market is organised
In Finland, a majority of people belong to a professional labour market organisation. Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK is one of the organisations for highly educated professionals. Membership of a labour market organisation is a legal right and commonly accepted.
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 employee representatives. Employee representatives are there to help you with any work-related issues at your work place.
TEK INFLUENCES EDUCATIONAL AND LABOUR MARKET POLICIES
- by promoting high-quality engineering education and professional development of engineers
- by anticipating the future challenges faced by education system and especially engineering education