Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland

The Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland[1] (Akava) is a trade union confederation in Finland. It represents employees with university-level, professional or other high-level training. It has a membership of 609,000.

Full nameConfederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland
Native nameFinnish: Korkeakoulutettujen työmarkkinakeskusjärjestö Akava; Swedish: Centralorganisationen för högutbildade i Finland Akava
Members609,000 (2018)
AffiliationITUC, NFS, ETUC, TUAC
Key peopleSture Fjäder, president
Office locationHelsinki, Finland

Akava is a central organization i.e. the individual members are not personally members of Akava but of a trade union which is a member of Akava. Akava has 36 member unions, the largest of which are the Trade Union of Education in Finland (OAJ), the Finnish Association of Graduate Engineers (TEK), the Union of Professional Engineers in Finland UIL), the Finnish Association of Business School Graduates (SEFE), Union of Sales and Marketing Professionals and Tradenomiliitto. The Finnish Police Union (SJPL) is also affiliated.

On 25 October 2011 Sture Fjäder was elected President of Akava for a four-year term.[2] Akava is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation, the Council of Nordic Trade Unions, and the European Trade Union Confederation.

Akava is one of the three central organizations representing Finnish employees, the other two being the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK) and the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK).

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  1. ^ Previously named Confederation of Unions for Academic Professionals in Finland
  2. ^ Lindén, Carl-Gustav (2013-11-07). "Sture Fjäder challenges Finland's trade union culture". Retrieved 2018-01-21.