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Advocacy levels

TAKU’s goal is to develop the working life of the arts and cultural sector and secure the requirements for work. Our approach to advocacy is vigilant, open and member-centred — and we do it at many societal levels.

We advocate on behalf of members by giving information on sector-related issues to legislators, our umbrella unions (Akava Special Branches and Akava) and by participating in development projects and networking. We closely follow changes in working life and actively participate in the public debate.

The levels of TAKU’s advocacy are individual advocacy, professional advocacy, collective advocacy and social influence.

Individual advocacy

We offer help and counselling in various work-related situations and transitions. For example, you can ask us for advice regarding signing an employment contract, dismissals, annual leave and working hours.

We are also here to support you when you have problems. If you need them, our union’s lawyers and shop stewards are here to help you.

In addition, you can use the TAKU salary and employment term recommendations and guides for agreeing on fair working conditions.

Professional advocacy

We strive to guarantee our members a fair salary level and fair working conditions.

We promote the societal appreciation of specialists in the art and culture sector, and we raise awareness of their diverse competence. We also help develop education in the sector.

Collective advocacy

As a TAKU member, your rights are guarded by the Akava umbrella union’s labour market advocacy. We negotiate on employment matters through Akava Special Branches, Akava and its negotiating organizations.

JUKO, the Negotiation Organization for Public Sector Professionals, advocates for the public sector, that is, employees of the state, municipalities, higher education institutions and parishes.

YTN, the Federation of Professional and Managerial Staff, is a private-sector organization responsible for negotiation and contractual matters in fields such as industry, business, services and associations.

Collective advocacy takes the forms of employment and civil servant contracts, company-specific contracts as well as common operating models and practices. Collective advocacy also includes professional and labour legislation, as well as making an impact on social, health, education and business policy.

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Social influence

Our goal is to raise social appreciation for the art and culture sector by doing extensive stakeholder work and cooperation. We make initiatives and engage in the public debate actively.

TAKU strives to guarantee its members a just salary level and fair employment conditions, and to improve employment opportunities. We ensure workers’ rights are honoured, regardless of the form of employment. TAKU also works to secure funding for the culture sector.