Finnish Transport Workers' Union

The Finnish Transport Workers' Union (Finnish: Auto- ja Kuljetusalan Työntekijäliitto, AKT) is a trade union representing transport workers in Finland.

The union was founded in 1970, when the Automobile and Transport Workers' Union merged with the Finnish Road Transport Union, and the Finnish Port Workers' Union. Some of these unions had been affiliated to the Finnish Federation of Trade Unions, and some to the Finnish Trade Union Federation. Soon after these two federations merged to form the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions, the transport unions also merged.[1][2]

By 1998, the union had 49,849 members,[2] and this figure has remained fairly consistent. The union is based in Helsinki, and is divided into 121 professional groups. It is a member of the Nordic Transport Workers' Union, the European Transport Workers' Union, and the International Transport Workers' Federation.[3]


1970: Martti Veirto
1978: Risto Kuisma
1994: Kauko Lehikoinen
2001: Timo Räty
2012: Marko Piirainen

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  1. ^ "AKT:n historia". AKT. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b Ebbinghaus, Bernhard; Visser, Jelle (2000). Trade Unions in Western Europe Since 1945. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 216–219. ISBN 0333771125.
  3. ^ "Liitto". AKT. Retrieved 3 March 2020.