Questions and answers about the new unemployment fund A-kassa

What is the A-kassa?

The Unemployment Fund of Finnish Industrial Workers, the Unemployment Fund of the Construction Sector and the Unemployment Fund Finka are joining together to form the new Open Unemployment Fund A-kassa. On its establishment on 1 January 2022, it becomes one of Finland’s largest unemployment funds and thus enables us to provide even better service and more solid operations.

Will the Industrial Union merge with the A-kassa?

No, they are not merging. The A-kassa arises from the Unemployment Fund of the Construction Sector and the Unemployment Fund Finka joining together to form the new Open Unemployment Fund A-kassa.

What effect will the forming of the A-kassa have on the members of the Industrial Union?

The new fund enables even better service and more solid operations. The existing members of the unemployment funds do not need to take any action. A fund membership is automatically transferred to the new fund on 1.1.2022.

Will the Industrial Union’s membership fee drop due to the new unemployment fund?

The Industrial Union’s membership subscription for 2022 is 1% of the member’s taxed wage income.

Will the way how the membership fee is paid change?

No, the membership fee is paid as before, the unemployment fund’s membership fee is included in the Industry Union’s membership fee.

What does a member of the Industrial Union have to do in order to retain the fund’s membership?

The Industrial Union member does not have to take any action, the unemployment fund membership automatically continues at the turn of the year.

Will the Industrial Union members continue to be served as well as before in matters relating to the unemployment fund?

The new A-kassa’s aim is to serve the Industrial Union members even better than before. A larger Unemployment Fund will empower us to develop new services. The new fund is also better equipped to meet the efficiency and service requirements.

Why should one join the Industrial Union if he/she is already a member of an unemployment fund?

When you join the Industrial Union, you can influence and improve working life in many ways together with other active members. The collective agreement negotiated by the Union is your most important membership benefit. The Union also provides support by your workplace employee representative and entitles you to free legal aid if required. As a member of the Industrial Union, you will also join the A-kassa. This way you have both the working life security and the unemployment security in shape.

What effect will this change have on the Industrial Union activities?

With the new A-kassa, we are joining our forces to serve the members better. A larger Unemployment Fund empowers us to develop new services. The new fund is also better equipped to meet the efficiency and service requirements.

Where can I find more information?

For more information about the effect of the new A-kassa, you can contact the Industrial Union’s Membership Services on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 8.30 am to 3 pm and on Wednesdays from 8.30 am to 5 pm. The Membership Services phone number is 020 690 446 and the email [email protected].

Information about the A-kassa’s new contact information can be found at a-kassa.fi.