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Industrial action ability

The Helsinki University Researchers and Teachers Association seeks to defend the interests of its members primarily by negotiating and lobbying. However, there are situations when this is not enough. This is a time when industrial action may take place.
What do we need industrial action ability for?

  • For talks between the employer and us – part of negotiation
  • To support the negotiators
  • To influence the adversary and to add credibility
  • To improve the agreement under negotiation
  • First we negotiate, influence public opinion, work together… if this does not help, collective force may be used to add pressure
  • Ability for collective action must be constant and action must take place quickly

If the need for industrial action prevails, HUART acts at the University of Helsinki as part of JUKO and according to the instructions given by Helsinki University Strike Committee. Tapani Kaakkuriniemi is the leader of JUKO industrial action if needed.

Division of tasks in industrial action

In JUKO the division of tasks is as follows:

  • The unions and JUKO are primarily responsible for updating members on the goals, progress and results of the talks.
  • HUART is responsible for warning its members to prepare for industrial action and for giving practical instructions.
  • FUURT pays a (small) strike compensation to its members and is responsible for the cost organising the strike. HUART has also accumulated an industrial action fund from membership payments.

Communicating effectively is of prime importance in industrial action and this is why local strike organisations must have up-to-date email lists of their members. For this purpose, too, please update your details always when they change.

Form of industrial action

The university advisory board decides on the form of industrial action to be taken. After we became employees instead of civil servants due to the university reform, there are different forms of industrial action available. Possible forms of industrial action include:

  • strike
  • partial refusal to work
  • overtime ban
  • slower pace of work (so called “Italian strike”)
  • mass resignation

The form of action to be taken is evaluated according to how it is seen to impact university functions, the employer, students and the greater public. Industrial action must be legitimated by both the organisation and its members.

If we set realistic targets we can stand behind them and keep up a strike spirit if needed!