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Division of tasks with the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers

Helsinki University Researchers and Teachers Association is one of the member associations of the nationwide Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers (FUURT).

Joining a trade union happens always through a local association. By joining HUART you will receive the services offered by us, and benefits granted by FUURT and Akava.

HUART acts on the local level as a sub-organisation of FUURT, and its main task is to monitor the salaries, working conditions, legal status and social benefits of its members. HUART monitors that national agreements are applied accordingly and equally in the University of Helsinki and other workplaces of its members. Shop stewards negotiate with representatives of the employer if agreements are not followed. HUART representatives are present also in many administrative bodies of the University and FUURT.

HUART issues statements, drafts initiatives and organises events for discussing current issues. HUART shop stewards convene several times per year to update and share information. FUURT organises training events for shop stewards as well.

FUURT is responsible promoting for national – “macro level” – interests, drafting legislation and lobbying legislators.  Through the Public Sector Negotiating Commission (JUKO) of Akava, FUURT participates in negotiations concerning national collective labour agreements and local salary solutions. Shop stewards in all universities monitor the applications of collective agreements.

The union is a respected commentator in all reforms concerning the academic sector. It had a significant role in improving the Universities Act – to the extent that the Ministry for Education and Culture admitted that they did not have an understanding of the importance of the autonomy of universities before the union gave its statement.

Representatives of the union are in contact with decision-makers responsible for the status of university staff on a continuous basis. In addition, representatives of the union are present in, for example, decision-making bodies of Akava.