Our history - in brief

The story of the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers began at the end of the 1960s with a wage protest by university assistants. The Union was first founded under the name ‘Korkeakoulujen Assistenttiliitto – Högskolornas Assistentförbund’ in October 1967.

In 1978, the name was changed to ‘Korkeakoulualan assistenttien ja tutkijain liitto – Förbundet för högskolesektors assistenter och forskare KATL ry’. The Union has been an affiliate member of the trade union confederation Akava since 1986. During the same year, the Union signed a co-operation agreement with the Finnish Union of University Professors.

The name of the Union was then changed to ‘Tieteentekijöiden liitto - Forskarförbundet’ (the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers) in 1997.

The most common professional titles among Union members include junior researcher, researcher, university lecturer, postdoctoral researcher, lecturer, librarian/information specialist and planner.