Labour Market Organisations

Labour market organisations are organisations that represent employees or employers. Labour market organisations negotiate the rights and benefits of employees, such as salary and working hours.

Over 70 per cent of Finns belong to workers’ associations, i.e. trade unions. Trade unions are usually formed by people who are in the same profession or who have received the same education. All employees in Finland have the right to belong to a union and no employer is allowed to restrict this right.

There’s nothing stopping you from joining a trade union even at a young age or even if you don’t have any problems with your employer. Most trade unions also have student associations and other youth projects attached to them. The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions – SAK, The Finnish Confederation of Professionals STTK and The Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland (AKAVA) are the central trade union confederations in Finland.

Employers have also organised themselves into unions in Finland. Employer trade unions in Finland are represented by The Confederation of Finnish Industries EK.

The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) (briefly in English) is a national trade and interest organisation for farmers, forest owners and rural entrepreneurs.