AKAVASuomen Akateemisesti Koulutettujen Ammatillinen Keskusjärjestö (Finnish: Confederation of Unions for Academic Professionals in Finland)
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(PSI), an IT consulting, IT staffing and business process outsourcing firm based in Columbus, has made a strategic investment in San Francisco-based consultancy and talent studio Akava, establishing a Silicon Valley innovation hub to deliver robust new solutions to clients, the company said.
PSI clients will have direct access to the talent and resources of the Bay Area, including Akava's best-in-class partnership engagement models and practice areas.
With the companies' strategic partnership, PSI and Akava are on the forefront of an industry-wide emphasis on democratized software code and remote development for agile project scaling.
The Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK) was targeting a 3.7 per cent increase for 2003 and a 3.5 per cent increase for 2004; and the Confederation of Unions for Academics Professionals (Akava) was aiming at similar increases.
The third central organization for employees, the Confederation of Unions for Academic Professionals in Finland (AKAVA) with over 300,000 members, is mainly organized according to the educational background of its members, the unifying factor being the academic degree.
Risto Piekka, chairman of Akava, has reportedly said that income taxes should be cut by the same percentage point rate in all income classes.
The chairman said that Akava was ready to evaluate options for commencing pay talks, but added that a traditional pay agreement would no longer suffice, reported the Finnish news agency STT.
Akava, the Confederation of Unions for Academic Professionals in Finland, has criticised IT companies for terminating employment without the statutory cooperation negotiations.
AKAVA would like to see more income tax cuts and lower employer fees than the major Finnish parties have proposed.
Akava has about 375,000 members, and three quarters of those who have jobs suited for distance working, or 100,000 persons, say they would be interested in doing such work.