Retired PKO employees

Employees who have retired from PKO often have very long and varied careers behind them, and some continue to work even in retirement. We are also pleased to offer purchase benefits and other topical rewards to this personnel group as thanks for their years of work.

PKO Pensioner’s Club

Work and the working community are a large part of our lives, and the void left by its absence in retirement can be difficult to fill. The PKO Pensioner’s Club was created for this purpose in 2016. PKO retirees can join the club, and there is no separate membership fee. The club has approximately 350 members who meet several times a year for various activities. PKO is actively involved in supporting the club’s activities.

‘You see people from the co-op, friends, and acquaintances at these events,’ says Raili Kinnunen, chairperson of the Pensioner’s Club from its inception.

You can join these events, which are reported in PKO Sanomat (PKO’s magazine) and Karjalan Heili (a local newspaper), or by contacting our secretary Anja Laukkanen.

The year 2022 will kick off in January with the Board meeting, and an annual meeting is set for March. Plans for the upcoming year include a bicycle trip, trekking, and a visit to Valamo Monastery.

‘We encourage active participation and development of our operations,’ Raili says.

The club has organised meetings, visits, and group trips, such as an autumn foliage sightseeing in Koli, a trip to Tallinn, and a volunteer yard clean-up in Petrinlahti.


Christmas event for pensioners

Every year, we gather together for a Christmas event with PKO's pensioners to enjoy the programme and a delicious Christmas meal.

The pensioners’ Christmas event was held on 14 December 2021 at the Original Sokos Hotel Kimmel.

Because of the coronavirus, club meetings have been few. However, now it was possible to organise a much-awaited Christmas event.

When the first guests from Ylä-Karjala arrived at Hotel Kimmel’s lobby, the space was immediately filled with the sound of cheerful conversation and a joyful reunion. The new Penttilä hall accommodated all of the 100 guests very well. Even though the hall is large, the atmosphere was still touching, warm and appropriately festive.

The event is very significant to many pensioners.

‘PKO was my workplace for most of my life. It's nice to meet former colleagues and people I know,’ says Maija Savolainen. She had an amazing 45-year career at the Jukola Cooperative, where she worked in a variety of trade jobs.

During the event, Managing Director Juha Kivelä went over the past year’s events, thanked the seniors for their years of hard work, and also encouraged them to contact PKO, if they weren’t quite done working yet. And some really aren’t ready to retire yet.

Mirva Kenjakka from Joensuu has worked as a lobby cleaner at Hotel Kimmel since 1977, which is when the hotel opened. She still works as needed.
‘It’s nice to work as a retiree; the working community is nice, and my expertise is appreciated,’ Mirva says.

Commercial Counsellor and PKO’s former Managing Director Eino Tenhunen spoke to us about the past and how the cooperative has achieved unbelievable success, even from the brink of bankruptcy. He also wished for more participation at Pensioner’s Club events. ‘There is especially a shortage of men at the events,’ he says.

After the speeches, touching musical performances, and singing, we moved to the Sirkkala hall for a wonderful Christmas lunch. After lunch, the attendees received a small Christmas gift, and those who were willing went on a hotel tour to look at the renovated rooms at Kimmel.

The seniors then embarked on the journey home, feeling happy and touched. Many of their comments had an air of gratitude for their former employer, who continues to remember them. In the words of Kari Ojala, the Sokos warehouse supervisor who retired three years ago:
‘The PKO Pensioner’s Club will help you stay connected to the social network. All in all, PKO takes care of its pensioners well. You won’t miss out on anything, except for the work!’


Staff magazine PKO-Sanomat

A magazine delivered to employees’ homes is a way of telling them they are valued. We also want to remember those who spent their careers working for the cooperative society, and the PKO Sanomat staff magazine is also distributed to pensioners. You can find future Pensioner’s Club meetings and current events in the PKO Sanomat magazine.

Purchase benefits

When your employment has continued uninterrupted for more than ten years, the purchase benefit, or the staff discount, continues into retirement.

Careers in retirement

Are you interested in working during your retirement? We offer pensioners the opportunity to work at PKO after the end of their actual career – at just the right amount of hours for you.

You can find our open positions here