Union of Health and Social Care Professionals – Tehy

The Union of Health and Social Care Services - Tehy is a trade union in Finland. With 160,000 members Tehy is the major trade union for health care professionals, social workers and students of these professions in Finland. It is affiliated with the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees, and Public Services International.

Union of Health and Social Care Professionals - Tehy
HeadquartersHelsinki, Finland
AffiliationsSTTK, PSI

The union was founded in 1982 with the merger of several smaller healthcare unions, the largest of which was the Finnish Union of Nurses. It affiliated to Confederation of Salaried Employees (TVK), but TVK went bankrupt in 1992, and the union transferred to the Finnish Confederation of Professionals. By 1998, it had 117,200 members.[1]

In the autumn of 2007, Tehy organised a mass resignation in which 12,800 nurses and other members gave their notice, ending their employment on 19 November 2007. The resignations are in advocacy of higher salaries for Tehy members. The Finnish parliament promptly passed a law that now allows the authorities to force nurses back to work.[citation needed]

References edit

  1. ^ Ebbinghaus, Bernhard; Visser, Jelle (2000). Trade Unions in Western Europe Since 1945. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 220. ISBN 0333771125.