Civilized society 2117, Part 1: Professor Juho Saari: “In a civilized society, people are equal.”

Akavalainen launches a new article series in which we make a journey towards the civilized society of the future. To start the journey, we interviewed Professor of Social and Health Policy at the University of Tampere, Juho Saari, and asked him to share his ideas about civilization and its future.

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The municipality of the future is a civilized municipality - Goals for the municipal and county elections

In its goals for the municipal elections, Akava emphasizes that the most important tasks of future municipalities will include education and civilization services as well as culture and library services.

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Security for working life is an Akava Asia

You have surely insured your home? Your car? Your life? Now insure your professional career and join one of Akava’s affiliate unions!

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What is Akava?

Akava is a trade union confederation of affiliates for highly educated people. Together, Akava’s 35 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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Akava and its affiliates have developed the search engine Jä  to help you figure out which Akava affiliate is most suitable for you.

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News from the Finnish labour market

03.02.2017 Katja Lehto-Komulainen of ETUC: Workers´ voice must be heard in Europe

"Trade Unions in Europe represent the workers´ voice that must be heard", says Katja Lehto-Komulainen, the new Deputy General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation ETUC.

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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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