Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions

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Full nameCentral Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions
Native nameSuomen Ammattiliittojen Keskusjärjestö
Finlands Fackförbunds Centralorganisation
Members1 million+
AffiliationITUC, NFS, ETUC
Key peopleJarkko Eloranta, president
Office locationHelsinki, Finland

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions, usually referred to by the acronym SAK (Finnish: Suomen Ammattiliittojen Keskusjärjestö; Swedish: Finlands Fackförbunds Centralorganisation, FFC) is the largest trade union confederation in Finland. Its member organisations have a total of more than one million members, which makes up about one fifth of the country's population.

Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions, Hakaniemi, Helsinki

The other two Finnish trade unions confederations are the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK) and the Confederation of Unions for Academic Professionals in Finland (AKAVA). The most important negotiating partner of SAK is the Elinkeinoelämän keskusliitto/Finlands Näringsliv (the Confederation of Finnish Industries, EK), which represents the majority of Finnish employers.

SAK has been challenged by Yleinen työttömyyskassa, an independent unemployment insurance institute, which charges lower fees than some of the trade unions, while not providing the other services of a Finnish trade union.

The current SAK was founded in 1969 as the Finnish Federation of Trade Unions (SAK 1930–1969), controlled by SKDL and TPSL, and the Finnish Trade Union Federation (SAJ 1960–1969), controlled by SDP, settled their disputes and merged. The SAK, however, considers itself the continuation of the first Finnish central organisation, the Finnish Trade Union Federation (SAJ 1907–1930).

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SAK has received a lot attention for spending its members' money to mudslinging on behalf of the Social Democratic Party. SAK's 2007 television advertisements were found defaming enough that SAK had to withdraw the campaign. Some SDP members expressed "disgust".[2][3]

SAK has been convicted of sexual discrimination in the high court.[4]


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