The Trade Union Solidarity Centre of Finland SASK is the solidarity and development cooperation organization of Finnish trade unions, with a focus on labour rights.

Mosambikilaisia keittäjänaisia

SASK is the development cooperation organisation of the Finnish trade union movement. Our aim is to promote decent work and living wages for everyone. We support the reduction of poverty and inequality by strengthening the trade union movement and the position of workers in developing countries.

By decent work, we mean that people should have access to regulated, safe and healthy work that guarantees a living wage. As far as the core labour standards are concerned, we refer to the International Labour Organization ILO.

ILO Core Labour Standards include

  • Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
  • Elimination of forced labour
  • Effective abolition of child labour
  • Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
  • Safe and healthy working environment.

ILO states clearly that labour rights are human rights. The work of SASK is based on the same idea.

Where do we work?

SASK has dozens of development cooperation projects in

  • South and Southeast Asia (India, Nepal, Indonesia, The Philippines)
  • Africa (multiple countries)
  • Latin America (Colombia, Brazil, Guatemala).

Our partners are usually Global Union Federations and trade unions.

How do we work?

SASK supports the UN sustainable development goals of eliminating absolute poverty and reducing relative poverty globally. Relative poverty can be reduced through collective agreements and social policies that enable the working population to gain their share of national development and wealth. Poverty and inequality are also reduced by promoting social inclusion and increasing people’s opportunities to take an active part in social processes.

Trade unionism is a sustainable tool for improving the opportunities of the working population to influence social policies and to reduce inequality. That is why SASK works with the trade union movement and research and training organisations that support its goals.

SASK was founded by the Central Organization of Finnish Trade Unions SAK and its affiliated unions in 1986. Since then, SASK has become a widely representative solidarity body of the Finnish trade union movement with two central organisations and 34 national federations as affiliated members.

Do you suspect misconduct?

If you suspect misconduct in SASK’s operations, use this online form to express your concern or suspicion of misconduct.
We take all misconducts and suspicions of misconduct seriously. If you so wish, you can express your concern anonymously.

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You can download SASK logos here. A zip file contains logos in different formats.


Contact us

Trade Union Solidarity Centre of Finland SASK
Address: Hämeentie 19 A, 00500 Helsinki, Finland

Find us on map

Janne Ronkainen
Executive Director
+358 40 776 8557
janne.ronkainen@sask.fi

International operations

Juha Vauhkonen
Head of International Operations
Core labour rights
Living wages
+358 45 139 7119
juha.vauhkonen@sask.fi

Tarja Valtonen
Specialist,
Gender equality &
non-discrimination
+358 40 541 0107
tarja.valtonen@sask.fi

Anna Perttula
Specialist,
Just transition

+358 40 541 6155
anna.perttula@sask.fi

Camilla Lohenoja
Specialist,
Digitalisation and
the new forms of work
+358 45 206 6840
camilla.lohenoja@sask.fi

Regional Representatives

Simião Simbine
Regional Representative, Africa
Maputo, Mozambique
+258 82 3008534
simiao.simbine@sask.fi

Address
Rua da Imprensa, 256 – Sobrelojano 5, Predio 33 andares Maputo, Moçambique

Manoranjan Pegu
Regional Representative, South Asia
New Delhi, India
+91 8800 492125
manoranjan.pegu@sask.fi

Patricio Sambonino Rivera
Regional Representative, Latin America
Quito, Ecuador
+593 9974 74408
patricio.sambonino@sask.fi

Farizan Fajari
Regional Representative, Southeast Asia
Jakarta, Indonesia
farizan.fajari@sask.fi 

Administration

Tarja Rauanheimo
Head of Administration
+358 400 403 502
tarja.rauanheimo@sask.fi

Kirsi Salminen
Accountant
Bookkeeping and payments
+358 40 5412 934
kirsi.salminen@sask.fi

Milla Leppänen
HR and Administrative Officer
+358 50 4839984
milla.leppanen@sask.fi 

Domestic operations

Ellinoora Vesala
Head of Domestic Operations
+358 50 461 9307
ellinoora.vesala@sask.fi

Laura Ventä
Communications Manager
+358 44 024 1275
laura.venta@sask.fi

Roosa Rusanen
Volunteer Specialist
+358 50 366 8123
roosa.rusanen@sask.fi

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