Collective agreements for the public sectors apply to people working for municipalities, for the Finnish state and in the church sector.
As a member of Trade Union JHL, you’ll get security, support, and advice in various working life situations.
The local government sector
JHL negotiates collective agreements for municipalities and joint municipal authorities.
Important: Municipal collective agreement KVTES and paid family leave – significant reforms
The family leave reform has a large impact on the municipal sector’s collective agreements. The reform applies to families where the child is born after 4 September 2022, and adoptions where the child’s date of placement is 31 July 2022 at the earliest. Trade Union JHL has put together the most important details about the matter into a flyer. You can download the flyer, print it out and distribute it to workplaces and workplace bulletin boards.
Type of contract
Your contract with a municipality or joint municipal authority may be either an employment relationship or a service relationship. Today, the most common form of contract is an employment relationship. Persons in a service relationship are those whose duties include making official decisions.
Employment or service relationship
At the beginning of your employment relationship, you will sign an employment contract if you are in an employment relationship, or receive a letter of appointment if in a service relationship. The terms and conditions of employment are determined according to what is stipulated in the collective agreements and legislation.
Collective agreements for the local government sector:
Health and social services sector agreement (SOTE)
General collective agreement for municipal personnel (KVTES)
Collective agreement for teachers (OVTES)
Collective agreement for physicians (LS)
Collective agreement for technical personnel (TS)
Collective agreement for municipal hourly-paid personnel (TTES)
Collective agreement for actors
Collective agreement for musicians
Icebreaker crews in ports
Joint consultation and development of working life in the municipal sector
The central government sector
JHL’s representational activities in the central government sector cover ministries and state institutions and offices. The activities are financed through taxes.
JHL negotiates collective agreements for state institutions and offices. The agreements are also applied by some private employers.
Type of contract
Your contract with the state may be either an employment relationship or a service relationship. In the government sector, the majority of the contracts are service relationships, because the tasks involved are often official by nature. The contents of an employment and service relationship have become more similar to each other, and there are no significant differences in pay levels.
A service relationship is based on an appointment and an employment relationship on an employment contract. These documents are drawn up at the start of the employment or service relationship. The terms and conditions of employment are determined according to what is stipulated in the collective agreements and legislation.
Collective agreements for central government
JHL’s members work in the central government sector, i.e. in ministries and state institutions and offices, in professional tasks and demanding managerial and specialist positions. The union aims to improve its members’ terms and conditions of employment employment and strengthen their professional position.