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Summer 2021

Summer office hours and July closure

During summer (June & August), the union office is open from 9am to 3pm. On Midsummer’s Eve, the office is closed. Also due to summer vacations, the office is closed between July 5 and 31, 2021. 

Advice on matters related to terms of employment during summer from June 21 to August 8, 2021

In July (until August 6, 2021), the members of the Finnish Union of University Professors may call to Eversheds Attorneys in matters related to terms of employment during weekdays from 10am to 4pm in number 010 684 1300. Please, present your membership number when calling and state that this is a matter concerning the Finnish Union of University Professors. The office of the Finnish Union of University Professors is closed in July due to summer holidays. In urgent matters, members may also contact the Union’s Executive Director, Tarja Niemelä, see Contact information.  

Digital reading for summer: Tiede magazine

Do remember that as our member, you have the opportunity to read the digital version of Tiede magazine free online. You are entitled to have access to the magazines of current year and previous one. The code is personal and valid until the end of this year, 2021. You may ask for your code and the instructions from the union office: professoriliitto (at)

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.