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Tampere University of Applied Sciences’ change negotiations concluded

Published on 16.3.2023
Tampere University of Applied Sciences
Tampere University of Applied Sciences’ change negotiations, which started on 19 January 2023 based on the Act on Co-operation within Undertakings, ended with the final negotiation on 14 March. The Board of TAMK approved the proposed redundancies of 28 persons and employment relationship changes of 49 persons in its meeting on 15 March. The staff adjustments will save about €2.2 million annually.

The change negotiations concerned TAMK’s administrative and support services staff and principal lecturer positions. The bases for the change negotiations were operational, financial and production-related as well as reorganisation of the employer’s operations. The aim was to foresight the year 2024 and beyond and the changes in the operational environment and customer needs in sight.

After hearing the staff representatives, the employer decided on 28 redundancies among the support services staff. A new position will be offered to a maximum of 7 persons. Principal lecturers’ work will be clarified and directed to TAMK’s strategic objectives. The number of redundancies is slightly lower than expected as the need for redundancies was a maximum of 30 persons at the beginning of the negotiations.

The need for adjustments and alternative measures to decrease the effects were discussed during TAMK’s change negotiations. These included potential retirements and the employer’s reasonable obligation to offer retraining to laid-off employees. In decreasing the amount of work, it is essential to consider fixed-term employments.

TAMK aims at cutting staff costs worth €2.5 million in 2024 with the measures to be taken after the change negotiations. Other saving measures are also taken continuously.

“The state’s basic funding does not make it possible to continue with the present-day operations model as the costs keep rising. The staff costs are more than two thirds of TAMK’s expenses and the final third includes many fixed costs which cannot be avoided. This means that the amount of work and staff costs have to be adjusted to the realms of possibility,” says President Tapio Kujala.

“The need to increase external funding has grown continuously during the past decade. Our economy will also be affected by the discontinuance of additional study places and related funding in 2023–2024. In addition to the adjustment measures, we will develop our strategic competences and use digitality in operational development. We want to ensure that TAMK’s operation as the second largest university of applied sciences is also secure in the future.”

Further information:
President Tapio Kujala, tel. 0400 436 690, tapio.kujala [at] (tapio[dot]kujala[at]tuni[dot]fi)