Trade unions in Finland endeavour to improve issues related to working life, the realisation of equality, safety in the workplace and wellbeing at work. Most Finns of working age belong to a relevant trade union for their sector. Trade unions provide valuable information and advice on employment issues. They promote the rights of employees and provide a variety of training opportunities and recreational activities for their members.
Employees in a workplace who belong to a trade union can elect from among themselves a shop steward to represent them and the trade union within the workplace. The shop steward is a good resource for matters concerning, for example, the collective agreement. If necessary, the shop steward also serves as a negotiator, communicator and mediator between employees and the employer.
There are approximately 80 trade unions in Finland and they all belong to one of the three trade union confederations: Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK, Finnish Confederation of Professionals STTK, and Akava – Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland.
Read more about the trade unions
The sectoral guidelines of the trade unions can be found on, among others, the following websites: