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Summary: Trade Union for Theatre and Media Finland, Teme

Teme is the biggest trade union of art and culture in Finland.

The members of Teme are professionals, students, freelancers and self-employed persons in the fields of theatre, dance, film and TV production. There are 5200 members including artists, designers, technicians, teachers and officials. 

Teme is a corporation consisting of seven independent unions:

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

Your basic security as a member includes:

The trade union means security and better working conditions. You will get advice and information on all matters related to your employment. You can also get your employment contract checked by the union.

The union create common rules in the field. It’s worthwhile being a member. 

Collective labour agreements – characteristic to the trade unions

A collective agreement defines the general rules that both the employer and the employees should observe – like salaries and working time. The union negotiates the agreement and controls that the provisions of the contract are complied with. Teme negotiates 7 collective agreements.

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 fund 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 6 months. You can apply for membership in the unemployment fund by filling in the same form as when applying for union membership. More…

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.

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.

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….. 

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 UNI and UNI-MEI and FIA. Teme also 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 article of e-Meteli magazine and a membership-e-mail are published weekly.

Basic security

The above-mentioned membership benefits and services are available to all members of the seven 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. More on these matters in the following:

Union of Dance and Circus Artists Finland

The Union has since 1937 been working as a trade union, a cultural organization and a moulder of public opinion. On the international level, the union is an active member of the International Federation of Actors (FIA) and the Nordiska Skådespelarrådet (NSR, ie the Council of Scandinavian Actors). There are 1130 members in the organization. Most of them live in the Helsinki region About 80 per cent of the members are self-employed, or work as freelancers with short employment contracts. The union actively cooperates with the most important organizations in the field of culture, such as the Finnish Dance Information Centre, the Dance Arena, the Dance Health Finland, the Room for Dance Society and the Helsinki International Ballet Competition.

Union of Film and Media Employees Finland

The Union is the most extensive organization of film employees and film artists in Finland. There are over 1001 members. They work for instance as cameramen, stage designers, cutters, makeup artists, directors, and costume, lighting and sound designers in the production of long, documentary, short and video films as well as commercials and TV programmes. The union actively cooperates with the Union of Finnish Journalists. The union makes a contribution to film culture by publishing a periodical on film culture called Lehtiset which focuses on the creators of film culture. The Union takes part in organizing the saunaparty at the Tampere Film Festival. The union each year grants awards to students in the field.

Lighting, Sound and Video Designers in Finland

The Union is a member union of Teme. The association is founded in 1992 and it is working as a union whose members are carrying out artistic and technical design in lighting, sound and video design in the performing arts in theatres, dance theatres, universities, museums, operas and at concerts and festivals. The union aims at consolidating the working conditions of the relatively young profession for example in terms of labour agreements, payment and social matters. The union also awards annual honorary prizes and pays tribute to distinguished artists and designers in the field and organizes courses. The union has 260 members.

Theatre, Film and Television Designers

The Union has over 60 years been taking care of the scenographers’ interests in professional questions and cultural policy. The number of members is 280. They work as costume and stage designers in theatres, the opera, film and TV productions. Finland’s OISTAT, taking part in organizing the Prague Quadriennale, is an important cooperation partner in the international field.

Union of Theatre Directors and Dramaturges Finland

The Union takes care of the interests of 375 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).

Theatre Professionals´Union Finland

The Union takes care of the interests of 2150 members and focuses on the development of the members’working conditions, salaries, professional skills and training. The members are working in administration and marketing and they are among others stage managers, hairdressers, prompters, coulisse men, makeup artists, metal workers, cloakroom attendants, stage workers, dressmakers, dressers, carpenters, property men, effects men, tailors, doormen, and lighting and sound managers in all fields of the performing dramatic arts. The society Kilta (the Guild) for teachers and instructors in drama expression plays an active role within the union. It aims at promoting the employment of the members and at bringing the young profession to public attention. Arranging further education and seminars on topical questions plays an important role in the union’s activities. On the international level, the union takes part in the work of the Nordisk Teater för Teknik och Administration (NTR, ie approx. Technics and Administration in Scandinavian Theatres).

Please contact us

Trade Union for Theatre and Media Finland

Hietaniemenkatu 2, 00100 Helsinki

tel + 358 40 675 2787, teme(at)

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