Advocacy work in the municipal sector

Akava’s negotiation activities in the municipal sector is handled via the Negotiation Organisation for Public Sector Professionals JUKO. JUKO is the contractual counterparty in four collective agreements in the municipal sector: the General Collective Agreement for Municipal Personnel (KVTES), the Collective Agreement for Technical Personnel (TS), the Collective Agreement for Teachers (OVTES) and the Collective Agreement for Physicians (LS).

The JUKO negotiation committee for the municipal sector decides on the collective agreements in the municipal sector and related comments, and submits proposals to the Board of JUKO for the approval or rejection of the collective agreements.

Advocacy work at the local level is also part of JUKO’s operations. JUKO has some 500 senior representatives and 1,000 representatives in municipalities and joint municipal authorities. The representatives negotiate with employers at workplaces and assist members in employment-related problems.

Officers and employees in the municipal sector are also represented by the main negotiating organisations, which are the Union of Local Government Employees, Technics and Health KTN, and TNJ. The employers are represented by KT Local Government Employers.

Loimu’s members in the municipal sector work in hospital laboratories, environmental healthcare, environmental monitoring and inspection duties and municipally owned laboratory companies.

Some 900 Loimu members work in the municipal sector.
Loimu and several other Akava affiliates publish the quarterly e-newsletter Kuntatiimi (“Municipal Team”) for their members in the municipal sedctor. In order to receive the newsletter, members must ensure that their e-mail address and employer information is correctly entered in the union’s register of members.

Municipal sector advocacy work at Loimu is led by Legal Advisor Janet Virtanen, janet.virtanen (at)





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