Specia is a trade union that represents the interests of people who work in specialist and supervisory positions in administration, business life and other organizations. We promote good labour relations as well as our members’ professional and educational rights. Specia is an affiliate of Akava Special Branches and the Confederation of Unions for Academic Professionals AKAVA. We have over 7000 members.

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Exceptional benefits for members

Specia members are entitled to several benefits and services, including the following:

Legal consultation Unemployment benefit | Career and Job Hunting Services | Training | Salary counselling | Advice about family law and inheritance matters | Insurance | Grants

Read more of our membership benefits on the Akava Special Branches website.

Membership fee

With the membership fee, you have all the services of Specia and Akava Special Branches and the unemployment fund at your disposal. The member fee of Specia is 1 % of your income before taxes.

Keep in mind that the membership fee is tax-deductible!

You pay your union membership fee based on the income from your employment that is subject to income tax, such as gross salary, holiday compensation, holiday bonuses, a so-called support package and fringe benefits (incl. lunch, car and phone benefits) as well as on benefits paid by the Unemployment Fund for Higher Educated Employees Erko (incl. earnings-related unemployment allowance, job alternation compensation and financial support for labour market training).

Students or those on study leave are exempted from the membership fee. If you work while you study, your membership fee is a percentage of your income from your employment that is subject to income tax.

For members living abroad, the membership fee is 10 euros per month (does not apply to posted workers).

For pensioners, the membership fee is 70 euros per year (one-time payment). If you retire in the middle of a year, the membership fee is only charged for the remainder of the year as a one-time payment (5,83€/month).

For independent professionals and entrepreneurs, the membership fee is 200 euros per year (one-time payment or 16,66€/month). If you become a member or start your business in the middle of a year, the membership fee is only charged for the remainder of the year.

Membership fees are not paid from options, per diem allowances, travel allowances or student allowance.