Guest membership for residents of Nordic countries
The Union of Professional Engineers has signed the Nordic engineering organizations’ agreement on guest membership. Based on the agreement, a member of an engineering union working in another Nordic country will receive a free guest membership from the engineering union operating in the country in which he/she is working. As a rule, the guest member receives the same rights to the services and benefits as a local member of the union.
According to the Nordic Guest Membership Agreement:
- The agreement applies to those members of the Union of Professional Engineers who work in a Nordic country other than Finland.
- A member working in another Nordic country can be accepted as a guest member of an engineering union in the country of employment.
- Students or pensioners cannot be accepted as guest members.
- The guest membership is valid for one year at a time and will be renewed automatically for a maximum of three years.
- The guest membership covers representation in matters relating to labor law with the consent of the member.
- The guest member enjoys the same services, privileges, and rights as a basic member of the union which accepted him or her as a guest, excluding the right to stand as a candidate and to vote in the union elections.
- Guest membership is only possible if the member remains part of their own union.
- The guest membership is free of charge, but the membership fee for the union that the guest is originally part of must be paid.
- Concerning membership of the unemployment fund, the rules of the countries concerned shall apply.
- Separate unemployment insurance does not belong to guest membership.
In addition to the Finnish engineering associations, the agreement has been signed by:
- Ingeniørforeningen i Danmark (IDA) – The Danish Society of Engineers
- Sveriges Ingenjörer – The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers
- Tekna – Teknisk-naturvitenskapelig forening – The Norwegian Society of Graduate Technical and Scientific Professionals
- NITO – Norges Ingeniør og Teknologorganisasjon- The Norwegian Soceity of Engineers and Technologists
- The Association of Chartered Engineers in Iceland (VFI)
The main features of guest membership are presented above. If you are considering a guest membership, ask for more information about being a guest member from the Union of Professional Engineers’ customer service.