Federation of Special Service and Clerical Employees ERTO
We are an organization for employees working in expert positions in the private service sector.
Our members represent a wide variety of fields, such as information technology, transportation and forwarding, advertising, market research, digimedia, health care and social services, financial management, physical exercise, culture, free-time activities and other special fields.
On this page
- 10 reasons to join ERTO
- How to join ERTO?
- Benefits for members
- Concluding collective labour agreements and ensuring compliance
- Improving working life
- ERTO's member associations
- Membership fee
- Updating membership details
- Transferring from one union to another
- Useful links
- ERTO protects your interests in the labour market
- Influences labour legislation
- Provides training for members and shop stewards
- Offers support and assistance in the workplace through shop stewards
- Gives advice on employment contracts
- Provides legal assistance and free legal aid
- Pays unemployment benefits in case of lay-offs or unemployment
- Offers excellent insurance coverage
- Publishes a membership magazine "Toimi"4 times per year
- Organizes union meetings and events and offers special discounts
If you want to take a closer look at the form, print the pdf file on this page. Application forms are also available from ERTO's shop stewards, contact persons, or the union office. You can use the same form to join ERTO and to make an agreement with your employer on withholding membership fees from your salary. Copy the form and ask your employer/payroll clerk to sign the membership fee collection agreement.
As a trade union member, you will enjoy the benefits offered by the collective agreement and receive information about employment contracts and other labour issues. Union lawyers will also assist members to settle disputes that may arise with the employer. The union dues also include legal expenses insurance to cover the cost of employment disputes.
Members, who have questions conserning their employment relationship, can call ERTO's legal aid number. The service is available Mon-Fri 9.30-13.30. Our lawyers will be happy to help with any questions you may have.
As a union member, you are eligible to earnings-related daily allowance in the event you become unemployed. For additional information about unemployment benefits, please visit the Federation of Unemployment Funds in Finland's website or see the Guide to unemployment fund benefits 2014.
Discounts and other benefits
ERTO's membership fee includes an extensive insurance coverage package from ERTO's insurance partner Turva, complete with travel insurance. Other member benefits include Toimi-magazine and pocket calendar. In addition, members can make use of the federation’s timeshares and receive discounts and special offers from banks, shipping lines and hotels.
ERTO's vocational training is called Emma-academy (Emma-akatemia). Its main goal is to provide further training for ERTO members and thus help members in their professional development endeavors. Emma academy's high-quality course reperotoire includes entry- and advanced level software and other kinds of training. Members pay a discounted attendance fee.
Basic insurance coverage for members is provided by statutory social security that is supplemented with the collective labour agreement, group life insurance negotiated by the central employee organisations, a special union-specific insurance, and any additional insurance you may take out for yourself.
Statutory insurance provides coverage primarily for those who are gainfully employed.
ERTO's primary task is to protect the interests of its members in the labour market. By far the most effective way of doing so is to conclude collective labour agreements and ensure that they are complied with.
A collective labour agreement is a nation-wide agreement between a trade union and an employer organisation specifying the salary to be paid and other terms and conditions of employment. Collective labour agreements define the minimum terms and conditions of work, such as earnings, overtime pay, holidays, occupational health care, etc. In their individual employment contracts, employees may naturally agree on terms that are more favourable than those stipulated in the collective agreement.
Added weight to the agreements is lent by the fact that, in Finland, membership in unions and employer organizations is high compared with other EU countries. About 80% of the employees are union members.
ERTO negotiates nation-wide collective labour agreements for seven fields of activity. For fields of activity with no collective agreement, ERTO issues salary recommendations based on research findings.
Intense competition has given rise to harsh values in working life. In contrast, the trade union movement cherishes justice, equality, and responsibility for others. We speak not only about euros and percentages but also about issues that help improve the quality of life at work, such as harmonization of work with free-time and life-long learning.
The trade union movement is an active player in developing the working life. Its main task is to uphold the welfare state by influencing the labour market and the economy. The collective bargaining system is based on the principles applied by the International Labour Organization ILO that underline the importance of co-operation between trade unions, employer organizations and the government.
The trade union movement is aware of the laws of economy in a global world and promotes human rights and basic labour rights on the international scene. National governments and states can do little to control the activities of large companies in a global economy. As a result, a key role is played by trade unions and consumers who can steer the market forces through their own actions and induce companies to shoulder their share of responsibility.
ERTO has 6 member associations representing a number of fields of activity. Your member association is determined automatically by the field of activity of your employer.
- Erityistoimihenkilöt ET ry (ET); Association of Specialized Salaried Employees
- Logistiikan toimihenkilöt ry; Association of Salaried Employees working in Transport and Freight Forwarding
- Markkinointiviestinnän, -tutkimuksen ja digimedian ammattilaiset ry (MaMa); Union for Professionals in Communication, Marketing Research and Digital Media
- Yksityisen Sosiaali- ja Terveysalan Ammattilaiset ry YSTEA; Union of Private Sector Social and Healthcare Professionals.
- Taloushallinnon Ammattilaiset ry; Association of Salaried Accountants
- Tietoalan Ammattilaiset ERTO ry; IT Professionals
ERTO has eighteen local chapters that look after the interests of the members and organize recreational activities.
ERTO has 17,000 members with women accounting for over 70% of the total. The federation is a member of the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees STTK and is not affiliated with any political party.
The membership fee payable to ERTO in 2015 is 1,55 % of your gross monthly salary subject to withholding tax . However, the maximum fee is 45 € per month. Minimum fee is 12 € per month. The payment includes the membership fee of the unemployment fund. Membership fee must be paid out of holiday pay. Membership fees are tax-deductible.
Membership fee can be paid in one of two ways:
- You can make a membership fee deduction agreement with your employer who will then deduct the membership fees from your salary and pay the amount to the union. As well as making the payment, the employer is also required to provide a report of the membership fees collected.
- You can also pay the membership fee yourself. The fee must be paid monthly on the 15th of the month following your pay day. You will be issued twelve reference numbers for making the payments, one for each month of the year. Do not enter any message in the message section in order not to cancel the reference number. Late payment may lead to a suspension of your membership and jeopardize your unemployment support.
Membership fee deduction agreement (pdf)
Payment of reduced membership fees during unpaid leave and other periods of absence
Members may apply for a reduction in membership fees during unpaid leave and other unpaid periods of absence. The amount to be paid during an unpaid leave/period in 2015 is 12 € per month.
Reduction is granted to members who are:
- doing their military service
- on maternity, paternity or parental leave or childcare leave
- students (full-time students who have earlier been regular members)
- on fixed-term pension
- on unpaid leave (unpaid sick leave)
- on leave of absence
- fully unemployed (receiving Kela unemployment allowance or labour market subsidy).
Please note: If you receive earnings-related unemployment allowance from ERTO's Unemployment Fund, you are not entitled to a reduction in your membership fees. In this case membership fees are automatically deducted from the earnings-related unemployment allowance paid by the Unemployment Fund.
If you are entitled to a reduction, apply for it through our eService as soon as you go on your unpaid leave/period. You can register and sign in to the service on our website or by clicking the link found above.
If your membership details have changed (for example you have retired, have changed your address/phone number/email address/name/employer, are on unpaid leave or other period of absence or wish to terminate your membership) please update the changes mentioned above via ERTO's eService. You can also order a new membership card to replace a lost one, view your membership fee situation, calculate and pay your membership fee.
Sign in to eService:
If you join ERTO while you are a member of some other union, make sure that your membership fees are paid right up until you join ERTO. Any break in the payment of fees will mean that your membership in the unemployment fund is suspended and you may not be eligible to unemployment support.