The campaign in brief

We at Akava believe that the wellbeing of both the individual and the society is based on education, knowledge and work. They form the foundation on which we can build a better future.

The world of work and its requirements have undergone a major shift in the past few years. Education and knowledge create new jobs and lay the groundwork for the work of the future. With this campaign we want to highlight these important issues and make sure that jobs requiring high levels of skills and expertise remain in Finland.

Akava is a trade union confederation with nearly 610,000 members. We also assume a broader responsibility for the success and competitiveness of the entire Finnish society. We want Finland to remain a welfare society also in the future and to grow and become stronger through education, versatile knowledge and work.

Find out how these Akava members ended up working in their fields.

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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.

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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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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Women’s euro is less than men’s

Akava demands that the rate of the women’s euro or female euro finally be raised. According to the Structure of Earnings statistics of Statistics Finland, the narrowing of the gender pay gap seems to be making little progress. The total earnings of women are approximately 82 per cent of men’s earnings. Akava illustrates this also on a short video.

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A rigid system can dash the career dreams of immigrants

The hopes of highly educated immigrants to find work in their own field may crumble under misunderstandings at the beginning of the integration process. When financial administration expert Maryam Fatollahi expressed her reluctance to complete, once again, a multi-year degree in her own field, it was recommended to her that she initiate studies to become a practical nurse.

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