What is Akava?

Success and security through unity

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 has influence in working life and society at large

Akava is a politically independent trade union confederation that oversees the interests of its members and serves as their social advocate. The mission of Akava is to supervise and advance the interests and position of Akava members in the labour market and society at large. The aim is to improve working life conditions, employment, and equality between men and women.

Akava actively participates in social discourse and legislative development as it concerns both working life and the labour market. Akava influences financial, business and social policies, as well as student and educational policies. As a central organisation, Akava provides its affiliates with useful services and co-operative networks.

Is Akava for you?

Many affiliate members state that they are members of Akava, even though an individual person cannot directly be a member of Akava. Each member belongs to one of the Akava affiliates or member associations, and thereby, is a member of Akava.
If you are a university student or you have graduated from university or a university of applied sciences, you are eligible to become a member of Akava!

Your educational background guides the choice of affiliate

 Akava members often join an affiliate based on their education, either in terms of the degree they’ve received or their field of study. You can, however, also opt to join an affiliate based on your profession, title or position.

Key facts about Akava members

  • More than half a million unionized members
  • Divided equally between men and women
  • Half of the membership works in the private sector and half in the public sector
  • One quarter of the membership works in managerial positions, one quarter in teaching and educational positions, and one half in expert positions
  • More than 80 per cent have completed at least a lower university degree
  • Full-time employees have an average monthly salary of more than 4,000 euro.

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