The Summer Job Helpline provides young people with advice

The Summer Job Helpline, provided jointly by the Finnish labour confederations SAK, Akava and STTK, offers young people advice on matters related to summer employment.

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Akava membership continues to grow

The total membership of Akava affiliates was 596,947 at the turn of the year. This represents an increase of 8,082 members as compared to the previous year. The total figure includes 111,730 student members, a category which increased by 476 people. At the beginning of the year, the membership was joined by Rehabilitation Experts, which encompasses both the Finnish Association of Occupational Therapists, and the Finnish Association of Physiotherapists.

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Women’s euro is less than men’s

Akava has initiated a campaign aimed at promoting gender pay equality. The amount of women’s euro or female euro on the payslip remains significantly lower than that of men.

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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

20.06.2016 Plans for a new trade union confederation come to nought

The goal of creating a new big trade union confederation in 2017 has failed. The unions involved in the process decided at a meeting at the beginning of June that the project would not continue. The idea was to establish a new trade union confederation to replace the existing Finnish Confederation of Professionals STTK and Central Organization of Finnish Trade Unions SAK.

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24.05.2016 Sture Fjäder to continue at the helm of Akava – Akava aims to raise the appreciation of knowledge

Sture Fjäder (58) will continue as the President of Akava, the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland, for the next four-year term. Fjäder was elected to continue in this position at the Union meeting held on 24 May 2016. He has served at the head of Akava since 2011.

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20.05.2016 Survey: Finns appreciate their trade unions

Finns do have a high regard for trade unions. In a recent survey 81 per cent of union members say the union is a neccesity. 83 per cent said their union has a high level of expertise and 71 per cent think it is open and easy to access.

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02.05.2016 The Summer Job Helpline provides young people with advice

The Summer Job Helpline, provided jointly by the Finnish labour confederations SAK, Akava and STTK, offers young people advice on matters related to summer employment.

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29.04.2016 Serious difficulties in establishing a new trade union confederation

The much heralded formation of a new trade union confederation still remains elusive. A number of major unions say they are not going to join it.

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