The collective bargaining policies of SAK arise from the needs of union members and their families. Though a wide range of agreements are made on many levels, they all reflect the aim of the SAK trade union movement to safeguard the rights and improve the conditions of employees.

Agreements are made on many levels

  1. The employer and employee make an individual contract of employment.
  2. Employee representatives and employers may make local agreements at workplaces.
  3. Trade unions and federations of employers negotiate collective agreements in the private and public sectors.
  4. The national labour and employer confederations make comprehensive agreements in which the Finnish government may also be a partner.
  5. European umbrella organisations of employees and employers bargain together at European Union level.
  6. The International Labour Organisation of the United Nations plays an important role in establishing international conventions and standards.