Employee organisations: An equality plan increases both well-being at work and productivity

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), Akava, and the Finnish Confederation of Professionals (STTK) would like to remind employers of their obligation to advance equality within the workplace. According to the amended Non-discrimination Act (Yhdenvertaisuuslaki 1325/2014), effective at the start of 2015, workplaces that employ at least 30 employees must have a written equality plan drawn up no later than the beginning of 2017.

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Akava: The rate of the women’s euro (a.k.a. neuro) could be increased through company-specific solutions

Akava would like to remind us that tools for improving the rate of the women’s euro or ‘neuro’ (coined from the Finnish word ‘nainen’ – woman – and euro), are already available. Through co-operation and mutual agreements, employers and employees can advance a more equal division of family leaves and increase the female employment rate.

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Practical consequences of the competitiveness pact

The Board of Akava has approved the broad labour market pact reached through the negotiations of the labour market confederations. The Government has decided to approve it. We have broken down the pact into questions and answers from the perspective of Akava members.

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What is Akava?

Akava is a trade union confederation of affiliates for highly educated people. Together, Akava’s 37 affiliates have unionized more than half a million employees and professionals. The members of Akava affiliates include employees, as well as students, entrepreneurs and professionals.

Akava members work in expert, teaching and managerial positions. Membership in Akava can be based on one’s field of study, degree or profession.

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News from the Finnish labour market

30.11.2016 Export industry unions negotiate new possible model for collective bargaining

Plans to remodel the Finnish collective bargaining system are still on the table. The basic idea is for pay rises in collective agreements to be linked somehow to those for the export industry.

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14.11.2016 Many companies give up on extend working hours despite the national Competitiveness Pact

It was agreed earlier this year under the national Competitiveness Pact that annual working time would be extended by 24 hours while pay should remain the same.

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14.11.2016 Employee organisations: An equality plan increases both well-being at work and productivity

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), Akava, and the Finnish Confederation of Professionals (STTK) would like to remind employers of their obligation to advance equality within the workplace. According to the amended Non-discrimination Act (Yhdenvertaisuuslaki 1325/2014), effective at the start of 2015, workplaces that employ at least 30 employees must have a written equality plan drawn up no later than the beginning of 2017.

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03.11.2016 Akava: The rate of the women’s euro (a.k.a. neuro) could be increased through company-specific solutions

Akava would like to remind us that tools for improving the rate of the women’s euro or ‘neuro’ (coined from the Finnish word ‘nainen’ – woman – and euro), are already available. Through co-operation and mutual agreements, employers and employees can advance a more equal division of family leaves and increase the female employment rate. Employers can encourage fathers to take family leaves and, thus, facilitate women’s return to work.

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21.10.2016 IT and retail sectors hit hard by redundancies

The number of people under threat of redundancy in Finland during the third quarter of the year was 11,849. And this is lower than it has been in the last five years.

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