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Trade Union for Theatre and Media Finland, Teme, is a cultural organization and a trade union.

Teme is a corporation consisting of 7 separate unions:

  • Union of Theatre Directors and Dramaturges Finland
  • Theatre, Film and Television Designers
  • Union of Dance and Circus Artists Finland
  • Union of Film and Media Employees Finland
  • Union of Lighting, Sound and Video Designers in Finland
  • Theatre Professionals´ Union Finland
  • Association of Cinema Projectionists Finland


The members of the unions are professionals, students, freelancers and self-employed persons in the fields of theatre, dance, film and TV production. There are about 4800 members including artists, technicians, teachers and officials.

The trade union means social security to you. It helps to create common rules in the field. It's worthwhile being a member.

Your basic security as a member includes:

You will get advice and information on all matters related to your employment. You can also get your employment contract checked by the union.

Collective labour agreements

A collective agreement defines the general rules of the game that both the employer and the employees should observe. The union negotiates the agreement and controls that the provisions of the contract are complied with.

Legal services

A lawyer is full-time employed by the union. The lawyer will give you advice if you run into problems at work. If necessary, the union can plead your cause in court without charging you anything for it.

Unemployment benefits

You can join the unemployment benefit society and get unemployment compensation while you're out of work. You will get an income-related daily allowance after being a member and employed during ten months. The income-related daily allowance exceeds the daily allowance granted by the Finnish National Pensions Institute. You can apply for membership in the unemployment benefit society by filling in the same form as when applying for union membership. More...

Help in applying for a job

The recruitment site Work for all at the Internet offers free-of-charge services to all members and employers in the field. The address is 

Copyright matters

As a copyright owner you can become a member of the Kopiosto, and on the basis of the copyright provisions you will get copyright payments. Copyright matters should always be settled by a labour contract in writing. The union will give you more information and advice.

Insurance security

As a regular member you'll get a free-of-charge leisure-time accident insurance and a travel insurance with the Casualty Insurance Company If. Due to the union's agreement with the If, all members can also get motor-vehicle, home, luggage and life insurances at a discount.

Shop stewards

There is a comprehensive network of shop stewards in Finnish theatres. The shop steward knows the rules of the house and will give you help and advice. The matters of the dance artists are taken care of by regional representatives.

Membership benefits

With the membership card, you can buy several products and services at a discount. This includes services by the car-rental company Transvell Ltd., the lawyer's office Perttu Turku, the company Instumentarium, and air and boat trips in Europe provided by the company Superfast. You can also apply for vacation and renovation assistance and rent an apartment in Berlin. Those who work in the theatre field can buy theatre tickets at a discount.

International contacts

You'll get into contact with trade unions all over the world through the Union Network International (the UNI). The union actively cooperates with the sister unions in the Scandinavian countries and Europe.

Up-to-date information

You can keep yourself up to date and get fresh information on all current guestions and, for instance, law amendments in your own field. The periodical Meteli, published four times a year.

Basic security

The above-mentioned membership benefits and services are available to all members of the eight unions in the Teme. The member unions are intensively cooperating with the Teme and among themselves on questions of theatre, dance and film policy and in making statements on, for instance, law amendments. Further, each union takes care of its own particular matters. 

Union of Theatre Directors and Dramaturges Finland

The Union takes care of the interests of more than 320 directors and dramaturges. It also tries to promote the development of the theatre and cultural policy of the country. About 10 per cent of the members work as directors and dramaturges permanently engaged in various theatres. One of the most important tasks of the union is to improve the status and significance of the Finnish theatre by promoting discussions and taking initiatives. A year of initiation for young directors and dramaturges is a project started by the union. The project aims at bringing together the already established theatre field and the younger generation. On the international level, the union is a member of the Nordiska Sceninstruktörrådet (NSIR, ie the Scandinavian Council of Theatre Directors and Instructors) and has concluded agreements on cultural exchange with the Asociacion de Directores de Escena in Spain and the Eesti Lavastajate Liit (the Estonian Theatre Directors' Union).

More information from Union Secretary Sami Hiltunen Tämä sähköpostiosoite on suojattu spamboteilta. Tarvitset JavaScript-tuen nähdäksesi sen.