Why should I join?
Trade union membership provides securityUnion members hip is like insurance – it provides security for your future. The majority of Akava members join their own profession or degree based union already during their years of study.
When you jo in an Akava affiliate, you open the door to all the membership servic es and benefits that affiliate has to offer. Unionization supports you in your working life by gaining you access to Akava services and the negotiation and agreement support from Akava’s organisations for negotiations. Akava and its affiliates work to influence the development of working life in a number of ways.
When you join a union, you can also opt to join the unemployment fund established by that union, thereby providing yourself with additional security in case you become unemployed. By taking full advantage of the many additional membership benefits that have been negotiated by the confederation and its affiliates, you ensure that you get even more value for your membership fee.
Deductible membership feesMembership fee practices vary from union to union, but for most, the fee is based on a percentage of income. To ensure the smooth payment of the fees, you can sign a proxy that enables your employer to deduct the fee directly from your salary and pay it to the union, or you can pay the fee yourself as a separate payment. Your membership fee is tax deductible.
Membership benefits and servicesIn addition to salary and employment security, you can enjoy a number of other financial benefits as a member of Akava’s affiliates. Detailed information about the specific benefits available to you can be found on your union's website.
Individual advice and supportYour professional union provides you with advice and support, whenever you have questions or encounter employment problems.
Contract and employment securityConfederations or organisations working on behalf of employees and employers negotiate contracts to secure wage increases and the basic terms and conditions of employment. Shop stewards and union representatives in the workplaces oversee the interests of union members.
Unemployment securityUnemployment funds pay an earnings-related daily allowance to members who become unemployed.
Advice, training and informationYour affiliate provides you with, for example, legal advice and services, and organises all types of training for its members. Additionally, the affiliate endeavours to provide information concerning working life, the supervision of interests and issues related to the field in both our membership and trade magazines and websites.
Insurance and banking servicesEach affiliate has negotiated favourable insurance terms and bank agreements on behalf of its members.
Discounts and supportAs a member, you receive discounts on, for example, professional literature and magazines, recreational services, accommodation and travel services and fuel. Union membership entitles you to discounts at many domestic holiday destinations. Holiday services are organised for Akava members by A-lomat. Further information: www.a-lomat.fi
Union products and logosMany Akava affiliates offer cost price products that are adorned with the union's own logo, and special products such as professional rings.
Beneficial networksUnion membership provides you with the opportunity to network with other professionals in your own field. The unions organise courses, meetings and seminars that provide members with information and opportunities to meet colleagues. You can also participate in events organised by Akava’s regional committees.
How do I join?Any active employee can join a trade union. Employees, entrepreneurs and professionals are eligible to join an Akava affiliate. Students at universities and universities of applied sciences can also join a union already while studying.
If you are working, one easy way to join a union is to contact the Akava shop steward or representative at your workplace. They will provide you with information as well as the necessary instructions and forms. If your workplace does not have an elected shop steward or Akava representative, feel free to directly contact the affiliate representing your profession or degree.