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We protect the interests of professionals in the education, training and research sector – from early childhood education to adult education and training. We act and exert our influence wherever decisions on the well-being of our members are made – at work, in education and in society.

The Trade Union of Education in Finland OAJ is the world’s only labour market organisation that protects the interests of professionals in the education, training and research sector – from early childhood education to adult education and training.

We are the largest member union, in terms of members and influence, of Akava, the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland. We are also a strong education policy influencer and play an active role in regulating and developing the education, training and research sector.

OAJ takes care of education-sector collective bargaining, some of which is implemented by the Negotiation Organisation for Public Sector Professionals JUKO. OAJ may also draw up local agreements in certain matters.

Principles guiding our operations

Our strategy defines our union’s basic task, outlook and values. All of our operations are guided by the values defined by OAJ’s Council: a sense of community, fairness and leadership.

The strategy is drawn up for four years at a time and it is supplemented with a two-year action plan.

OAJ’s strategy (PDF in Finnish)Action plan 2018–2019 (PDF in Finnish)

Our strategic focal points

Social futures thinking and building and protecting members’ interests is part of everything we do.

We strengthen our sense of community and shared expertise as a developer of competence and education.

We make membership and union activities even more attractive.


Advocacy and exerting influence

OAJ is a strong influencer and an advocate for its members in the field of education, training and research. Our task is to secure the legal status of people working in the field. We also improve the financial and social position and working conditions of those working in the sector.

Finnish working life is founded on negotiations, and OAJ negotiates contracts on behalf of its members. We negotiate the collective agreements that lay out the terms of teachers’ employment relationships with KT Local Government Employers, The Association of Finnish Independent Education Employers, Avainta Employers and the State. We protect and exert influence to ensure that our members’ employment security is implemented in compliance with the law and agreements.

OAJ promotes education

We highlight education as an investment and underscore both its significance for the national economy and its value for Finnish society. We influence society in a way that guarantees the extensive availability of education and training services nationwide.

We work to ensure that cuts targeted to the education, training and research sector by the government, municipalities and private training organisers do not endanger citizens’ rights to equal and high-quality early childhood education and other training and education.


Assistance and advice

The union has a strong local organisation with shop stewards and OSH (occupational safety and health) representatives. Nearly every municipality has a local OAJ association.

Members receive assistance and advice concerning their work and the terms of their employment contracts from both OAJ-trained shop stewards and the experts at OAJ’s office.

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Latest financial reports

OAJ’s finances are strong. Our members and other interested parties can take a look at our financial figures using the links below.

Financial statements 2017 (PDF in Finnish)Auditor’s report 2017 (PDF in Finnish)

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