ADDRESS

Liivalaia 11/4,
10118 Tallinn
Estonia

Tel. +372 648 7750
Fax +372 648 7750
tallinn@sak.fi
www.sak.fi/tallinn


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INFORMATION POINT ON FINNISH WORKING LIFE

OUR FUNCTION AND PURPOSE

The Finnish Working Life Information Point in Tallinn provides information and advice about working in Finland. The Information Point provides basic details of Finnish wage levels, taxation, terms of employment and labour legislation, and explains the services of trade unions and the principles of trade unionism in the Nordic countries. Union members are entitled to support from the union, for example when problems arise at the workplace.  

There are many significant differences between the Finnish and Estonian labour markets and the labour laws of these two countries. It is easier to manage in working life if you already know about conditions in Finland before you arrive. By providing reliable and impartial information we also help to prevent exploitation of migrant workers and other problems of irregular employment in the grey economy.

OUR WORK

The staff of the Information Point advise prospective migrant workers free of charge in the Estonian or Russian languages, help them to find information through the Internet, and provide brochures and other information materials on Finnish working life and on the activities of trade unions. Visitors to the Information Point website can also request advice by completing a feedback form.

The Information Point arranges seminars, information days and special events dealing with current issues in Finnish working life and international labour mobility. It also works with labour market organisations, public authorities, foreign embassies, journalists, researchers and NGOs with a view to strengthening co-operation between Finland and Estonia. The experiences gained in operating the Information Point are reported to colleagues in Finland and the other Nordic countries, Estonia and Central Europe .

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INFORMATION POINT IS NOT AN EMPLOYMENT AGENCY!

OUR STAFF

Project Manager Eve Kyntäjä is responsible for management, planning, co-ordination and public relations at the Information Point. Eve Kyntäjä is an Estonian-born psychologist working in both Helsinki and Tallinn. Project Assistant Tytti Jäppinen is based in Helsinki. Two Estonian advisors, Marje Soon and Kalev Liibert, work at the Information Point in Tallinn.

HOW THE INFORMATION POINT WAS ESTABLISHED

The Information Point was originally set up in 2002 as part of a project to improve co-operation between the Finnish and Estonian labour markets. This project was financed by the European Union Interreg IIIA programme, which ended on 31 July 2005. The partners in the project were the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions – SAK and its affiliated trade unions, the Finnish Union of Salaried Employees – TU and the Confederation of Estonian Trade Unions – EAKL.

The Information Point proved to be a highly popular initiative in Estonia, advising thousands of people over the years. The seminars, information days and special events arranged by the Information Point have been very well attended, and the project has published various bulletins and information materials. European Union enlargement has brought new challenges concerning such matters as transition legislation, free mobility of services and leased labour. A pressing need for advice and information remains. The Information Point project in Tallinn has now been extended until the end of 2008 with financial support from the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions – SAK and its affiliates and from the Finnish Union of Salaried Employees – TU.

Info Point has won an award from the European Commission as part of the European Year of Workers' Mobility. The winners had significantly promoted labour mobility during 2006.