Tehy an Introduction:
- Tehy is a Union of Health and Social Care Professionals
- Tehy represents qualified health care professionals, social workers and students of these professions in both the private and the public sectors.
- Tehy is the largest trade union in these fields in Finland and has over 150,000 members.
- Tehy was established in 1982.
- Tehy campaigns for improvements and development in the Finnish health and social care and endeavours to influence education and labour force policies. Representing the interests of its members is the most important task of Tehy. It negotiates and bargains the collective agreements of terms and conditions of work.
- Tehy bears a strong societal influence and is an equal opportunities pioneer in the world of work in Finland.
- The headquarters of Tehy is in Helsinki. The regional offices and branches are spread over the whole of Finland. The representations of the interests of the Tehy membership is conducted, at the local level, by the shop stewards and the 270 Tehy brances.
- There are over 220,000 Finnish health care professionals, of whom 91% are women, whilst some 4000 work abroad
- Just over 2% of all health care professionals who are employed in Finland have an immigration background
- 93% of the members of Tehy are women
- 22% of the members of Tehy are employed on short term contracts in the municipal sector
- Nearly 50% of the members of Tehy who are under 35 years of age are employed on a short term contract
- Nearly 50% of the members of Tehy are under 35 years of age, 45% are in the 36-50 age group, whilst those over 51 account for 26%