Working in the field of communications? Or studying communications? We are a trade union representing communications professionals and students in Finland. We warmly welcome you to join us!

Communications as a profession

Communications is a specialist job requiring expertise, training and knowledge. When you work in communications you are called on for the know how of publicity, content producing and public management. Main tasks include: media communications, work community communications, internal communications, marketing communications, building reputation and brand, content producing, social media managing and communication training within organizations.

Communications professionals work in companies, public and private sectors, organizations, learning institutions and congregations. Many people work also as a communications entrepreneurers, practioners and freelancers. Most common job titles in Viesti are publicist and head of communications.

Viesti – The Union of Communications Professionals

Viesti is a trade union for people who work in the field of communications in Finland. We are a community of professionals and represent the interests of communications specialists. Our members work in different professions, such as communications, marketing, editing and project management.

Viesti’s main objective is to ensure a good working life, successful careers and fair salaries for its members. We provide individual help in everyday working life and all its turning points and conflicts. Viesti provides its members with training and education, mentoring, company visits and networking. Viesti is the only trade union representing solely communications professionals and students in Finland. We oversee cohesiveness and valuation amongst our members.

Together with our federations, Akava and Akava Special Branches, the Trade Union’s objective is to raise awareness of and increase appreciation of communications professionals.

Mission and values

Our mission is to help our members succeed in working life and strengthen cohesion and valuation amongst communications professionals. Our values are member oriented approach, transparency and solution salience.

Services and benefits

You can see the whole benefit list in Akava Special Branche’s websites.

Unemployment benefit

As a salaried member, the Unemployment Fund for Higher Educated Employees Erko manages your unemployment benefit. You may be entitled to earnings-related unemployment allowance, job alternation compensation or other Fund Benefits. The Fund’s Membership Fee is included in the Union’s Membership Fee.

Entrepreneur and indepedent professional members must make sure of joining the Unemployment Fund for Entrepreneurs and the Self-Employed AYT.

Viesti’s board

Our board accounts for Viesti’s operations. The board consist of: chairperson, six members and three debuty members. We also have two student members. The aim with the board is to represent our members widely from different sectors and contract areas. Board members also work in different working committees, for example in service design committees. We have members in Akava Special Branches’ organs too. You can conctact our board at: hallitus@viesti.fi and our chairwoman Heta Koski at puheenjohtaja@viesti.fi

Students

You can join our union already while you are studying. By becoming our student member you are allowed to participate in our educational and other events. You are also entitled to all membership benefits.

Joining us as a student you can start to accumulate your earnings-related unemployment benefit. This is also a great opportunity to get to know areas of working life and smoothen the transition from student life to working life.

Are you doing an internship in communications? See our minimum wage recommendations below.

 

Communications trainee’s minimum wages recommendations for students:

Contact information:

Viesti’s office

Phone: +358 44 700 4044 (Monday – Thursday 10am – 3pm)
E-mail: toimisto@viesti.fi
Visiting address:
Pohjoisesplanadi 21 B 7 (3rd floor)
00100 Helsinki

 

Officials

Siina Repo, Executive director
Phone: +358 40 485 0008
E-mail: siina.repo@viesti.fi
Twitter: @SiinaRepo
LinkedIn: Siina Repo

Laura Piiroinen, communications coordinator
Phone: +358 44 700 4044
E-mail: laura.piiroinen@viesti.fi
Twitter: @laurapiiroinen
LinkedIn: Laura Piiroinen

Eleonora Schirmer, communications trainee
E-mail: eleonora.schirmer@viesti.fi
Twitter: @eleonoraartemia
LinkedIn: Eleonora Schirmer

Membership fee and other services

If you want to change your own information, you can log in to online service. You can also send information about the changes by e-mail to Akava Special Branche’s member secretarie’s or call them 0800 135 370 (on weekdays from 9am–2pm).

 

Employment counselling

Public sector’s employment counselling 0800 135 380
Private sector’s employment counselling 0800 135 350
Service hours on weekdays from 9am – 2pm
E-mail: tyosuhdeneuvonta@akavanerityisalat.fi

Inquiries about salaries: siina.repo@viesti.fi or +358 40 485 0008
Earnings-related unemployment benefit: Erko
Insurances: https://www.akavanerityisalat.fi/en/services_and_benefits/insurance

 

Support for your career and wellbeing

Our work psychologist’s appointment
Career services appointment

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Online service

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