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Finnish Union of University Professors’ Objectives for the Government Programme 2023–2027 

I Science policy for Finland 
II Internationally competitive working conditions for universities and research institutes
III A more participatory and functional university community  

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Election debates 

The Finnish Union of University Professors organised three one-hour-long panel discussions about its objectives for the Government Programme as live webinars. The webinars took place on November 1, November 18, and December 2, 2022 and were in Finnish.

Watch the recordings of the election debates:

Science policy for Finland, November 1

Internationally competitive working conditions for universities and research institutes, November 18

A more participatory and functional university community, December 2

The collective agreement for universities

The collective bargaining parties have reached the general collective agreement for universities. Read more

General collective agreement for universities 8 April 2022 – 31 March 2024 (pdf) (the text amendments 1 August 2022 – )
General collective agreement for universities 8 April 2022 – 31 March 202 (pdf) (the text amendments 8 April 2022 – 31 July 2022)

The collective agreement for state civil servants and employees under contract 

The agreement covers the period of March 1, 2022 - February 29, 2024. Read more (in Finnish)

Professors and the trade union movement

It is normal for employees to belong to trade unions in Finland. You are also welcome to become one of more than two million members in Finnish trade union movement. 
 
Finland´s trade unions have helped to establish a system of basic rights that projects employees in the event of unemployment or illness and that secures their standard of living in old age.
 
The main work of the trade unions nowadays is to negotiate collective agreements establishing rates of pay, working hours, holidays and other terms of employment in spesific industries. Contrary to popular belief, there is no statutory minimum wage in Finland. Instead, the minimum wages and pay scales applied in various industries are specified in the relevant collective agreements.
 
The Finnish Union of University Professors is a labour market organisation which also serves as a channel for common professional interests of its members. The Union furthers financial, social and other employment-related interests of its members. It also seeks to sustain and enhance the status and high esteem of its members and advance their professional and scientific endeavours. lt also concludes labour contracts and collective bargaining agreements on behalf of its members.
 

The Union promotes measures to improve the conditions for scientific research and higher education and forwards interactivity between the research community and the society as a whole.