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Membership

The Finnish Food Workers' Union SEL is a trade union for people working in the food industry. Work done by SEL members includes preparing, packing and storing food goods and maintenance and repair work. Union membership is the best way to keep yourself protected in working life and in case of unemployment. Membership of SEL is a good way to protect yourself and your colleagues.

SEL membership always pays off, regardless of the type of employment contract you have. Union membership provides security in case of any problems arising in working life. It also allows you to accumulate earnings related unemployment allowance. The union membership fee includes unemployment fund membership.

SEL membership fee is 1.7 % of your gross salary. Your employer can deduct the membership fee from your salary directly, or if you prefer you can calculate and pay the membership fee to the union every month yourself.

The membership fee is tax-deductible. When union membership fees are deducted in your final taxation, you pay less for membership than what is stated in your payslip.

When you join SEL, you automatically join the Finnish Food Workers' Unemployment Fund. The union membership fee includes unemployment fund membership. If you are unemployed or laid off, you will receive earnings related unemployment allowance, which is significantly better than the basic unemployment allowance. If you are on job alternation leave, the fund will pay job alternation leave compensation.

If you are not entitled to Finnish social security, you can join SEL union also without paying the membership fee of the unemployment fund. By calculating union membership fee by yourself, you pay 1 % of your wage.

If you are studying the food industry in a vocational college, becoming a student member of SEL pays off. Student membership is free.

If you already are a member of SEL, you can take part in the lottery by recommending membership to a workmate or branch student and informing about it at www.selry.fi/suosittele

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The employers collect the membership fee from your salary and forward it to the union. The union will send the agreement to your employer to be signed.

In case you pay your membership fee yourself you will automatically receive the bank transfer blankets from the union.

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The amount of the membersip fee is confirmed yearly. A member pays the membership fee either himself, or the employer collects it from the salary and forwards the fee to the union, or the unemployment fund collects it from benefits.

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