Maria Löfgren appointed as new President of Akava

The union meeting of Akava elected Maria Löfgren as the new President of Akava. The union meeting voted and elected Löfgren in the first round with a total of 514 votes. Her term as President shall begin immediately and continue until the spring union meeting in 2024.

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Trade union membership and the role of unions in the Finnish working life considered important by international members of Akava affiliates

There is an ongoing project in Akava aiming at improving and developing the trade union services for the international members of Akava affiliates.

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‘The labour rights of young people should be respected to the same extent as those of more senior employees’ – the free Summer Job Helpline provides assistance for summer employees

The Summer Job Helpline, provided jointly by the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), Akava and the Finnish Confederation of Professionals (STTK) is once again open. The service answers the employment-related questions of summer employees by phone, WhatsApp and the service’s online form. This year’s Summer Job Advisor, Hanna-Marilla Zidan, strongly encourages all young summer employees to contact the service if they have questions related to any aspect of summer employment.

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Statement by the Board of Akava: Conditions for competence, growth and security shall be reinforced

In its joint statement, the Board of Akava (Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland) emphasises the importance of reinforcing the conditions for competence, growth and security. The statement raises the concern about the public finance situation and changes in the country risk for Finland while also underlining the relevance of co-operation in ensuring security and crisis resilience.

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Labour market organisations put forth a joint discussion initiative on the impacts of digitalisation in workplaces

A joint discussion initiative on the impacts of digitalisation in workplaces was drafted by the labour market confederations Akava, the Confederation of Finnish Industries - EK, the Commission for Church Employers, Local Government and County Employers KT, the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), Suomen Yrittäjät, the Finnish Confederation of Professionals (STTK) and the Office for the Government as Employer (VTML). The initiative proposes four themes and presents questions to launch discussions on the topic. In accordance with the themes, workplaces are asked to consider ways in which digitalisation has changed their work and customer behaviour as well as the types of digital skills that every member of their work community should possess. 

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