Tasks of the Cooperation Ombudsman
The Cooperation Ombudsman operates autonomously within the Ministry of Employment and the Economy and performs his or her supervision duty independently. The term of office is five years.
Among other things, the Cooperation Ombudsman:
supervises compliance with
- the Act on Co-operation within Undertakings (334/2007),
- the Act on Co-operation within Finnish and Community-wide Groups of Undertakings (335/2007)
- the Act on Personnel Representation in the Administration of Undertakings (725/1990),
- the Act on Employee Involvement in European Companies (758/2004) as well as
- the Act on Personnel Funds (934/2010)
and the implementation of their objectives
- gives advice on the application of the aforementioned legislation
- promotes and improves cooperation between employers and employees, and implements other personnel representation systems.
- supervises the operation and administration of the personnel fund
- maintains the personnel funds register.
The Cooperation Ombudsman has the right to, for example:
- obtain, secrecy provisions notwithstanding and without a charge, the information and documents required in the supervision duty
- perform an investigation in an undertaking in the extent required by the supervision duty
- present a matter for preliminary investigation if sanctions are imposed for breach of an act of law.
Notification of a breach of legislation on cooperation within undertakings
A request for investigation can be submitted in a free form, but it must contain at least the following information:
- the name and contact details of the notifying party
- the name of the employer and the managing director, the person responsible for the personnel management or similar, and their contact details
- a description of the event
The notification should be submitted either by email to the address yhteistoiminta-asiamies(a)tem.fi or by post to the address given under the Contact information link above.
The identity of the notifying party as well as the fact that enforcement measures have been taken due to the notification must be kept secret. Without permission from the notifying party, their identity can only be disclosed with the police for the purposes of solving a suspected crime.