Trade unions do much more than operate unemployment funds

Your union negotiates better pay and other employment terms on your behalf, and supports you if you have any problems with your employer. The more members join, the more we can do to improve working conditions for everyone.

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Border Security Union

Border guards and coast guards, officers, and civilian employees of the Finnish Border Guard service

The Border Security Unionis the largest staff organisation of the Finnish Border Guard service. The union is affiliated to the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL.

All frontier guard staff categories are organised in the Border Security Union:

  • coastguards
  • frontier guards
  • officers
  • NCO students
  • specialist officers
  • civilian post holders
Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.0% of gross pay *
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Construction Trade Union

Employees in the construction and building materials industries, and in asphalting and waterproofing

The members of the Construction Trade Union work on construction and renovation sites (including the house building, painting and decorating, and flooring trades), in the building materials industry, in the building technology and civil engineering sector, and in asphalting and waterproofing.

The members of the Construction Trade Union work in the following sectors:

  • the asphalting industry
  • the stone-based construction products industry
  • the floor covering industry
  • the civil engineering sector
  • the painting trade
  • the earth construction sector
  • the building construction industry
  • the building technology sector
  • the waterproofing trade
Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.49% of gross pay *
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Finnish Aviation Union IAU

Aviation industry employees in technical and service functions

IAU is a trade union for professionals engaged in technical and service duties in the aviation sector.

IAU members work in the following aviation industry occupations:

  • aircraft servicing
  • air traffic control
  • customer service
  • loading
  • food preparation
Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.49% of gross pay *
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Finnish Customs Officers' Union

Employees and public servants working in customs administration

The members of the Finnish Customs Officers' Union are employees and public servants working at the Finnish Customs. The union is affiliated to the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL.

Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.0% of gross pay *
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Finnish Electrical Workers' Union

Employees in the electrical industry and allied trades

The members of the Electrical Workers´ Union work in the electrical industry and allied trades, or are studying for associated industry qualifications. The three main divisions of the union are energy-ICT-network technology, electrification work (electrical fitters in the building technology sector), and industrial and special sectors.

The members of the Electrical Workers´ Union work in electrical occupations in the following sectors:

  • electric power plants
  • thermal power plants
  • nuclear power plants
  • electricity distribution
  • data communications
  • information technology
  • network technology
  • electrical installations
  • electrical automation
  • security technology
  • servicing and maintenance
  • slot-machines
  • industry
  • special trades
Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.25% of gross pay *
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Finnish Elite Athletes Union SHU

Players of football, ice hockey, basketball and baseball, and athletes in individual sports

SHU brings together five player and athlete associations.

The affiliated members of SHU are:

  • Elite Baseball Players
  • The Football Players' Association
  • The Finnish Basketball Players' Union
  • The Finnish Ice Hockey Players' Association
  • The Kilpa Athletes' Association
Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
Membership fee varies according to affiliate association *
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Finnish Food Workers' Union SEL

All food industry employees

SEL is a dedicated trade union for employees working in the national food and drink sector.

The members of SEL work in all foodstuff sectors:

  • foodstuffs industry
  • bakeries
  • meat industry
  • food processing
  • dairies
  • milk processing industry
  • breweries
  • soft drink factories
Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.6% of gross pay *
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Finnish Industrial Union

Employees in the technology, chemical and mechanical forest industries, the automotive trade, the media and agriculture

The Finnish Industrial Union is Finland’s largest industrial sector trade union. It was established in January 2018 following a merger of Metalworkers' union, Industrial Union TEAM and Woodworkers' Union.

Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.35% of gross pay *
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Finnish Musicians' Union

Musicians, ballet dancers and opera singers

The members of the Finnish Musicians' Union are orchestral musicians and freelancers in various branches of music.

Members of the Finnish Musicians' Union include:

  • orchestral musicians
  • theatre musicians
  • studio musicians
  • restaurant musicians
  • gig musicians
  • conductors
  • the dancers of the Finnish National Ballet
  • the soloists and choir of the Finnish National Opera
Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.0% of gross pay + EUR 13.25 monthly *
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Finnish NCOs' Union

Non-commissioned officers, mechanics and contract soldiers in the Finnish defence forces

The main mission of the Finnish NCOs’ Union is to safeguard the interests of professional military personnel. The union is affiliated to the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL.

The following defence forces staff categories belong to the Finnish NCOs' Union:

  • NCOs
  • aircraft ground crews
  • mechanics
  • contractual military personnel
  • military crisis management professionals
Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.2% % of gross pay *
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Finnish Post and Logistics Union PAU

Clerical and blue-collar employees in the postal, communications and logistics sectors

PAU is the trade union for clerical and blue-collar employees working in postal services, communications and logistics. PAU is the largest trade union representing staff of Posti Corporation.

The members of PAU work in the following enterprises:

  • Posti corporation
  • G4S Cash Solutions
  • Posten Åland
  • Direct postal advertising delivery firms
  • Free newspaper delivery firms
Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.59% of gross pay *
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Finnish Prison Officers' Union VVL

Employees and public servants working in prisons and community sanctions offices

The members of VVL work for the Criminal Sanctions Agency. The union is affiliated to the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL.

VVL members work in the following capacities in prisons and community sanctions offices:

  • supervision
  • management
  • clerical duties
  • kitchen duties
  • household management
  • health care
Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.0% of gross pay *
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Finnish Seafarers' Union

Employees working in shipping and other waterborne transportation on sea and inland waterways

The Finnish Seafarers' Union represents employees who mainly work in maritime and inland shipping.

The members of SMU work on the following and other vessels:

  • passenger ships
  • freighters
  • tankers
  • icebreakers
  • timber rafting tugboats
  • barges
  • ferries
  • cable ferries
Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.55% of gross pay *
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Finnish Social Democratic Journalists' Union

Media workers who are sympathetic to social democratic principles

SSSL is a vehicle for workers sympathetic to social democratic principles engaged in journalism duties for the printed and electronic media, and in information and public relations functions. This union does not conclude collective agreements and does not operate an unemployment fund.

Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
EUR 40 annually *
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Finnish Transport Workers' Union AKT

Employees in the transport, stevedoring and forwarding sectors, and in travel agencies

AKT is Finland’s largest trade union for transport sector professionals.

The members of AKT work in the following sectors:

  • driving instruction
  • forwarding
  • motor vehicle repair sector
  • motor vehicle sector
  • motor vehicle servicing sector
  • oil products
  • road haulage terminals
  • stevedoring
  • transportation
  • travel agencies
  • cabin crew
  • associated trades and occupations
Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.6% of gross pay *
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General Union of Journalists YLL

Left-leaning employees of newspapers, electronic media and communications

YLL is a left-wing vehicle for staff working for newspapers and electronic media, and full-time public relations and media employees. This union does not conclude collective agreements and does not operate an unemployment fund.

Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
EUR 40 annually *
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Paperworkers' Union

Employees in paper, paperboard and pulp mills, and in paper conversion plants

The Paperworkers' Union represents employees working in paper, paperboard and pulp mills, and in paper conversion plants.

The members of the Paperworkers' Union perform the following duties in the pulp and paper industry:

  • machine operator
  • cellulose pulp makers
  • wood processing manager
  • chemicals handler
  • forklift driver
  • laboratory technician
  • mechanic, electrician and automation repair worker
  • cleaner
  • construction worker
  • transport worker
  • other production and maintenance staff
Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.3% of gross pay *
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Railway Union RAU

Locomotive drivers and clerical employees working in the railways sector

Members of the Railway Union work as locomotive drivers, clerical employees and in other associated duties in the railways sector.

Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.3% of gross pay *
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Service Union United PAM

Private sector service employees, including the commercial, tourism and catering sectors and cleaning

PAM is Finland's largest trade union for private sector service employees and supervisors.

The members of PAM work in the following and other private service industries:

  • wholesale and retail trading
  • hotel, catering and leisure services
  • cleaning and real estate services
  • pharmacies
  • hairdressing
  • warehouses
  • security firms
Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.5% of gross pay *
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Theatre and Media Employees in Finland Teme

Employees and self-employed workers in film, circus, dance, theatre, video and television production duties

Teme unites organisations representing eight cultural sectors into Finland's largest trade union for artistic and cultural occupations.

The members of Teme include:

  • film workers
  • circus employees
  • theatre directors
  • theatre technical staff
  • television production workers
  • dancers
  • dance instructors
  • choreographers
  • theatre clerical staff
  • scenographers
  • light and sound designers
Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.6% of gross pay *
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Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL

Employees in local and central government, other public sector entities and organisations

JHL organises social welfare professionals and students working for local authorities, central government agencies and private welfare services.

You may join JHL if you work in

  • a local authority
  • central government
  • a local authority federation
  • a parish
  • any commercial institution or company owned by the foregoing
  • an organisation/third sector entity
  • a non-profit organisation
  • a business or organisation providing public sector services
  • any corresponding operating sector
Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
1.38% of gross pay *
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Union of Foremen in Commerce KEY

Foremen and supervisors in commerce, tourism, restaurants and leisure services

The Union of Foremen in Commerce is an independent lobbying vehicle for supervisors that is not affiliated to any commercial grouping.

Total membership subscription fees for the union and its unemployment fund:
EUR 23 monthly *
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