Finland: Unions propose to create new peak-level organisation
Trade unions in Finland have put forward proposals for a new high-level organisation which would represent all workers’ groups.
March 2015: In November 2014, 22 trade unions affiliated to three confederations – the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK) and the Confederation of Unions for Academic Professionals in Finland (Akava) – signed a letter of intent regarding the creation of the new organisation.
Current peak-level organisations, SAK and STTK, have backed plans to look into the possibility of creating a new joint peak-level employee organisation – in practice, a merger of the current ones. The white-collar organisation Akava said it did not support the move, as it believes there is a need for a group dedicated to highly educated white-collar employees.
In public debate, the suggestion has been made that one joint peak-level employee organisation would be a better counterweight to the employers’ group, the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK). EK, for its part, said it was not important which unions it bargained with.
Update July 2015: The process of creating the new peak-level trade union is evolving, with a total of 49 unions having decided to join the project so far. As part of the process a website has been launched to provide continuous information on the developments. The new organisation is expected to be up and running by 2017.