Membership

Joining an unemlployment fund is like taking out an insurance against unemployment. By joining an unemployment fund you can get bigger unemployment benefits than what Kela pays.

Terveydenhuoltoalan työttömyyskassa (the unemployment fund of social and healthcare workers) does a lot of co-operation with trade union Tehy ry, but is a fully independent entity. You can be a member of Terveydenhuoltoalan työttömyyskassa even if you are not a member of Tehy ry.

You can join Terveydenhuoltoalan työttömyyskassa, if

  • you are a qualified heath care professional, social worker or student of these professions
  • you are an employee
  • you are under the age of 68 years

You must apply in writing for membership in the fund. The membership can begin from the day your membership application arrives to the fund, provided that you are in paid employment that day.

Membership in just the fund or in union and fund?

If you join an unemployment fund only, you can receive earnings-related unemployment allowance and job alternation compensation. A membership in a fund offers no other benefits.

If you join a trade union only, you get all kinds of benefits from magazines to legal aid, but not earnings-related unemployment allowance. To get unemployment security you must join a unemployment fund even if you are a member of a trade union.

If you want to join both  Terveydenhuoltoalan työttömyyskassa (the unemployment fund of social and healthcare workers) and the trade union of Tehy ry, Suomen Toimintaterapeuttiliitto ry or Suomen Fysioterapeutit ry, you can use the membership application form of that trade union.

If you want to join only Terveydenhuoltoalan työttömyyskassa, send us a email stating that you want to join our fund. Give you full name, home address and date of birth.

Membership fees

Terveydenhuoltoalan työttömyyskassa (the unemployment fund of social and healthcare workers) has a fixed membership fee that is the same for all the members of the fund. In year 2017 the fee is 42 euro/year (3,50 euro/month). If you are a member of Terveydenhuoltoalan työttömyyskassa only, we will send  an invoice to your home address once a year. 

If you are a member of a trade union Tehy ry, Suomen Toimintaterapeutit ry or Suomen Fysioterapeutit, the trade union will pay the membership fee of the fund in your behalf. You need only to pay the membership fee of the trade union. More information about the membership fees of these trade unions can be found on their internet-pages.