University of Turku Researchers, Teachers and Lecturers (TURTLE)

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Me Olemme Yliopisto Welcome to University of Turku Researchers, Teachers and Lecturers (TURTLE) webpage!
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At almost fifty years of age, TURTLE (in Finnish: Turun yliopiston Tieteentekijät ry., TYT) has more than 950 members. This makes us the largest organisation for personnel at the University of Turku and the second largest member organisation of the Finnish union of university researchers and teachers (FUURT) (in Finnish Tieteentekijöiden liitto, TTL). Via TTL we are connected to AKAVA, Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland. TURTLE handles matters relating to joining the union and local safeguarding of interests. If you need assistance with the unemployment benefit fund and membership benefits, you are instructed to contact the Helsinki main office.
If you are a member of TURTLE and you wish to receive up-to-date information e.g. on our local activities, please remember to join our email list (follow the link on the right edge of this page). TURTLE continues to supervise your interests! Our goal is to ensure that the University of Turku will be a high quality multidisciplinary scientific university also in the future!
We continue to struggle so that:
  • University of Turku Researchers, Teachers and Lecturers (TURTLE) is the local member organisation of the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers at the University of Turku.
  • TURTLE is the biggest organisation for the University of Turku personnel
  • TURTLE has the widest network of shop stewards at the University of Turku
  • TURTLE represents University personnel with a variety of titles from all faculties and Turku School of Economics

As a member of TURTLE, you will have the following benefits:
  • Supervision of interests and advice
    • Safeguarding of interests in the labor market
    • Advice on issues concerning the terms of employment
    • Advice on issues concerning salaries
  • Legal advice
  • The support of an unemployment benefit fund (after 26 weeks of salaried work during the 28 month review period, read more about unemployment security at the FUURT pages.)
  • Insurance services
    • Liability and legal protection insurance
    • Accident and travel insurance paid by the union at the insurance company Pohjola
    • Opportunity to join special group insurance policies offered by the insurance company Pohjola
    • Opportunity to take out a pension insurance policy for researchers with scholarships
  • Other benefits:

Everyone working as a lecturer, researcher, university teacher or at any other position at the University of Turku can join TURTLE. We welcome students as well!
The membership fee covers membership of the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers, and of the Unemployment benefit fund. Membership fees can be paid either directly from the salary, by written authorisation of the member, or by bank transfer slips sent by FUURT. You need to fill in the membership form on paper or use the electronic form available at the FUURT web site.
The first page of the paper membership form is for applying union membership and must be filled in. The second page is optional: if you wish for your membership fee to be automatically deducted from your salary, please also fill in the second page (titled authorization). Note! Even if you use the electronic form for joining, you still need to fill in the authorization form on paper for automatic deduction.
In the payment details section of the authorization form, you need to enter 181/014 as the Union/local branch number and 1.00 % as the Basis of amount. Send the filled-in form(s) to TURTLE secretary Seppo Virtanen (UTU phone number 8886) by conventional mail or UTU internal mail:
Seppo Virtanen
Department of Future Technologies (Agora)
20014 University of Turku
The board of TURTLE will approve the application. Membership at the Unemployment Fund cannot be backdated. Membership begins from the day the applicant has signed the application form.
Membership fee:
The membership fees are:
  • 1,0% of gross income
  • 8 eur/month for scholarship holders
  • 8 eur/month for those members who are on maternity, paternity, or parental leave or on child care absence; who are doing their national service, or who are unemployed or students.

Since the membership fee is collected on a monthly basis, the unemployment benefits ensured by this membership (i.e. membership in the Unemployment benefit fund), will only be valid from the beginning of the month after you joined the Union. In case that your fee is deducted directly from the salary by written authorization, but it was not deducted on the following month of your validated membership, it is still possible to pay the first month's fee (1,0% of your gross income) to the Union account (details below).
If you are a scholarship holder, on maternity, paternity, or parental leave or on child care absence, an unemployed student member, etc., your membership fee is 8 eur per month. This payment will ensure you all the other benefits except for the membership in the Unemployment benefit fund. Please check the FUURT membership fee page for up-to-date information and details about payments.