Pardia and Pro: Providing stronger protection together

13.6.2018

The Federation of Salaried Employees Pardia and Trade Union Pro have been negotiating closer cooperation since 2017. In a meeting held today, 12 June 2018, Pardia’s Board of Directors approved a letter of intent with Trade Union Pro concerning the merger of the two unions. Pro’s Board of Directors made the same decision at a meeting held yesterday.

Preparations for the merger will now continue in a variety of working groups. The goal is to merge Pardia’s membership associations into Pro’s membership associations sometime during the autumn. Membership in Pro will start on 1 January 2019.

“A trade union does not exist for the sake of organisations, but for its members. This merger seeks to provide better protection for our members’ interests, and the merger of a private-sector and a public-sector union will take this protection to a new level,” says Pardia’s Chairman, Niko Simola.

After the merger, Pro will have a total of almost 140,000 members working in both the public and private sectors.

“Through this merger, we’re seeking to strengthen our contractual and bargaining power and our social impact in both public and private agreement sectors. Merging will improve the individual services available to our members. Student members will also obtain extensive paths from study to employment as members of the same union,” says Pro’s Chairman Jorma Malinen.

The Federation of Salaried Employees Pardia has a total membership of 30,000, of whom the majority are employed by government agencies and institutions, and a significant number are employed by public utilities, companies, universities, and Kela. Pardia is a member of the Finnish Confederation of Professionals (STTK). 

Trade Union Pro has a total membership of 110,000 people working in professional positions in industry, finance, ICT, communications and the service industries. Pro is a member of the Finnish Confederation of Professionals (STTK).

For more information, contact:

Niko Simola, Chairman of Pardia, tel. +358 40 5668517

Jorma Malinen, Chairman of Pardia, tel. +358 50 576 0389