Being a member is worth it!

Nine out of ten teachers have chosen to join OAJ. OAJ is Finland’s only trade union that negotiates the terms of teachers’ employment contracts.


Join the union!

As OAJ’s member you receive the most important benefit: advocacy. To join the union, you must work as an employee in the education, training or research sector. The union fee is determined based on your gross earnings, and it is tax deductible.

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Membership benefits

As OAJ’s member, you will receive many benefits in addition to representation – both in your work and your free time.

Membership benefits

Keep your membership details up to date

In order for us to better advocate on your behalf in working life, be sure to keep your membership details up to date. When your details change, for example, due to a change in employer, unpaid periods, the ending of your studies or your retirement, they are not automatically updated in the membership services.

Membership details

What benefits do union fees offer?

As OAJ’s member you receive the most important benefit, which is advocacy. We also offer members several financial membership benefits. There are at least ten good reasons to join OAJ.

10 reasons to join OAJ

Membership benefits

As a member, you will receive many benefits – both in your work and your free time.

Protecting your interests

OAJ’s experts and shop stewards provide their members with assistance and advice when problems occur in working life.

Member advocacy

Security against unemployment

We have insured our members in case of unemployment with the Teachers’ Unemployment Fund.

Unemployment fund

In case of accidents

We have insured our members with a number of good insurance policies covering work, travel and accidents.

Insurance benefits


Are you planning on taking a relaxing holiday at a spa, enjoying the great outdoors at a cottage or exploring foreign lands? As a member, you can receive discounts on a wide array of recreation and holiday services.

Holiday and recreation services

Magazine and calendar orders

Our members receive an annual calendar and the number one education and training sector publication: Opettaja magazine.

Opettaja magazine and pocket calendar

Banking benefits

The co-operation agreement between OAJ and Danske Bank provides our members with access to an inexpensive mortgage, assistance in making investments and a benefits package for recent graduates.

Banking services

Books and magazine subscriptions

OAJ members get discounts from several publishing companies. You can buy books or subscribe magazines at a lower price.

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Benefits for all Akava members

Member+ contains a substantial array of benefits that are available to all Akava members. You can access Akava’s benefits by registering as a service user.


Recreational activities

Discount on the entry ticket to the indoor activity park SuperPark and tickets at special price to Sea Life Helsinki.

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Benefits for motorists

Use your membership card to get discounts. Always keep your card with you to ensure you get the most out of the benefits we offer. You can have a discount on renting a car or buying fuel.

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Health and wellbeing

Use your membership card to get the discount. Always keep your card with you to ensure you get the most out of the benefits we offer.

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Benefit for light entrepeneurs

As a member of OAJ, you can invoice your work as a light entrepreneur without a Business ID through the Palkkioplus service, for up to EUR 1,000.


OAJ’s online services

OAJ has several services through which you can conveniently take care of business online. Make the best use of our online services by logging in as a member.

OAJ’s online services

About our courses

OAJ trains and educates

OAJ is big on training and offers several training events each year to both its members and activist members on national, regional and local level.

OAJ trains and educates

Join in the union’s activities

Would you like to influence matters that concern your profession? Get involved in OAJ’s activities!

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