We are a nation wide union for private sector managers, professionals and senior salaried employees
YTY membership is based on job status, not education or industry. The educational background of our members varies from school leaver to postgraduate degree level. Most members hold commercial college graduate, business IT specialist, technician and M.Sc. qualifications. Economists, engineers, BBA graduates and lawyers are organised in their own specialist unions.
Our members work in a wide range of sectors, including the technology industries, ICT, finance, real estate, transport and trade, and general industry.
As a member of YTY you will enjoy individual service from an organisation that defends your interests and provides excellent member benefits for a fixed monthly subscription.
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YTY has already around 11 000 members (October 2018). 64 % of members are men and 36 % women and the average age of all members is 48 (1.1.2018). YTY members’ average wage in 2017 was 4 702 euros per month. Of all the members the highest quarter earned more than 5 300 euros and the lowest quarter less than 3 798 euros per month. This statistic does not include members of YTY’s member organizations except YPY.
One important function of YTY is to promote and oversee the common interests of its members at work and in society more generally. YTY shares this collective lobbying function with the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland – Akava and with the Federation of Professional and Managerial Staff – YTN, which lobbies for private sector employees belonging to Akava-affiliated unions.
Work on behalf of individual members involves providing employment advice, legal services, and various advisory materials. Members may also approach YTY for advice on salary standards, or consult the YTY legal department for technical assistance with aspects such as employment contracts, non-disclosure and restraint of trade agreements.
As AKAVA's collective bargaining organisation for the private sector, YTN is responsible for activities relating to negotiations and contracts for AKAVA's field members in commercial, service and industrial sectors.
One of YTN's prime objectives is to improve the earnings level and conditions of employment of professional and managerial employees by, among other approaches, strengthening contractual activities.
Company level employee association
Many companies have a local staff association operating at unit, enterprise or group level. The role of such an association includes defending the employment-related interests of their members. Employee associations have a registered independent legal identity, meaning that they may enter into binding local agreements and collective agreements on behalf of their members. We recommend membership of any YTN-affiliated employee association operating at your workplace.
Staff representatives include the elected representatives of senior salaried employees, shop stewards and other representatives elected to positions of trust, staff liaison officers, and representatives elected under the Employment Contracts Act. The elected representatives of senior salaried employees may belong to any YTN-affiliated trade union, including YTY, but will represent all senior salaried employees working in the represented staff group regardless of trade union membership. A staff liaison officer also serves as a link between YTY and its members and affiliated staff associations at the workplace.