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Terms of employment

The wage-earner's rights and responsibilities in the workplace and off work are defined by

  • contract of employment entered between the employee and employer
  • local contract that can be either company- or workplace-specific
  • field-specific collective agreement
  • legislation governing labour and employment
  • workplace rules, established practices, and the employer's orders.

Personal contract of employment

Contract of employment is personal and it must always be made in writing.

Employment Guide (Työsuhdeopas) designed for the members of Trade Union Pro briefly presents the issues that should be remembered when entering a contract and also in later working life. The guide can be found on the member site. The use of the site requires logging in. Pro's member site also offers a template of a written contract of employment.

Collective agreements of the workplace

Local agreements negotiated by shop stewards and collective agreements negotiated by the trade union are both called collective.

Local agreements and collective agreements bind all the employees of the workplace. The employer is obliged to explain the contents of the agreements to the employee.

Employees should discuss the terms of employment concerning them also with the shop steward. The shop steward is an expert on contracts and agreements.

Legislation governing labour and employment

The Parliament of Finland decides on the legislation governing labour and employment. Employment-related acts are usually prepared in co-operation with the central organisations of employers and wage-earners.

Employment-related acts bind all wage-earners in Finland. In workplaces, the compliance with the law is supervised by shop stewards and labour protection representatives.

Workplaces can also have the employer's own instructions concerning the use of tools, for example.