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A new survey by the scientific centre for food and agriculture, SEGES, shows a serious increase i... [more]

A new survey by the scientific centre for food and agriculture, SEGES, shows a serious increase in personnel shortages in the agricultural sector. According to the survey, 22.3% of the country’s farmers were in need of qualified workers in the first half of 2018, compared to 2.2% in 2010. The situation is worst within pig and poultry farming. Trade union 3F states that, although the unemployment rate is currently very low, there are enough unemployed workers in the country to do the work. The trade union claims that the agriculture sector would rather employ foreign workers than unemployed Danish people.

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Trade union confederation LO published its Economic forecast. LO expects that the workforce will ... [more]

Trade union confederation LO published its Economic forecast. LO expects that the workforce will be growing steadily in the coming years and the potential for further growth in employment is therefore strong. The majority of companies get the workers they need and labour shortages are very modest and almost unchanged compared to last year. In certain areas, however, there are challenges when it comes to attracting employees with specific qualifications, including skilled workers. It will be crucial to invest in those who are marginalised and without a foothold on the labour market. Also, more investment in training, education and skills’ upgrading is needed.

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The Danish government and three political parties have concluded an agreement on work in the plat... [more]

The Danish government and three political parties have concluded an agreement on work in the platform economy. Trade union confederation that had put forward a proposal to ensure targeted control with the digital platforms speaks about a ‘promising’ initiative. However, there are still pending issues when it comes to employers’ liability towards the persons working on the platform and working conditions like pension contributions, pay during sickness, maternity leave.

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The art centre of Trampoline House is currently hosting a sound installation, titled Economy of M... [more]

The art centre of Trampoline House is currently hosting a sound installation, titled Economy of Migrant Labor – For the Right to Work. The initiative pays attention to bottle collectors that try to survive in the country. There are no official figures on the number of bottle collectors, and the collectors’ status is quite varied in terms of background and social status. Some bottle collectors are low-income and homeless Danes, while others are migrants and refugees. Some are waiting for their asylum applications to be processed, and others have been granted asylum but have no work. What they all share is the common experience of being exploited, marginalised and excluded from society. According to the initiative, this difficult situation is not only limited to bottle collectors. The Global North is dependent on migrant workers for their cheap, exploitable and non-unionised labour, who pick fruits or work in construction and cleaning industries.

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The ongoing labour dispute in the public sector (see our March and April newsletters) has come to... [more]

The ongoing labour dispute in the public sector (see our March and April newsletters) has come to a positive conclusion. The collective bargaining process that started December 2017 resulted in an agreement with the trade unions that met most of their demands. The unions, representing 180,000 state workers and around 500,000 municipality workers, were demanding an 8.2% pay rise over 3 years. The main highlights of the collective agreement are an 8.1 % economic increase over the next 3 years, public sector workers will benefit from a real wage increase matching wage developments in the private sector and specific pay rise targeting low-wage public sector workers’ professions including specific provisions to bridge the gender pay gap.

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The labour dispute in the public sector (see the March newsletter) is still going on. The trade u... [more]

The labour dispute in the public sector (see the March newsletter) is still going on. The trade unions, representing 180,000 state employees and around 500,000 people employed by the municipalities, are demanding an 8.2% pay rise over three years. After long negotiations, the national strike and lockout that were announced for April are postponed till May. If no agreement is reached, 10,000 municipal workers will go on strike on May 8 and a lockout of around 400,000 state employees is planned for May 12.

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Trade union 3F has negotiated with Hilfr.dk, a platform for cleaning in private homes. As a resul... [more]

Trade union 3F has negotiated with Hilfr.dk, a platform for cleaning in private homes. As a result, a ground breaking collective agreement was signed between the management and 3F. The collective agreement will enter into force on 1 august 2018 and will guarantee people who work on the platform sick pay, holiday allowance and a contribution to their pension. The agreement will run first as a pilot agreement for 12 months. The parties agreed to evaluate the collective agreement on the basis of the gathered evidence.

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The delegates at two Congresses of the trade union confederations LO and FTF voted in favour of a... [more]

The delegates at two Congresses of the trade union confederations LO and FTF voted in favour of a merger creating a new central organisation with 1.5 million members. Both extraordinary congresses required a two-thirds majority to go forward with a joint central organisation. In FTF, 71.4% of the delegates voted in favour of the merger. In LO, 389 out of 400 delegates voted for the merger while 11 votes were void or against. With currently 2.7 million persons engaged in active employment on the labour market, the organisation will be representing more than half of the active workforce. The founding of the joint central organisation will come into effect as of 1 January 2019. Until then, LO and FTF will continue to operate separately.

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An ongoing labour dispute could mean the country will be effectively paralysed from 1 April 2018 ... [more]

An ongoing labour dispute could mean the country will be effectively paralysed from 1 April 2018 when public service workers go on strike or are locked out, if no agreement has been reached by that time. The unions, representing 180,000 state employees and around 500,000 people employed by the municipalities, are demanding an 8.2% pay rise over three years but have been offered only 6.7%. The government can choose to stop the conflict by law with a lock-out and unions therefore expect a quick government intervention.

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The working environment authority Arbejdstilsynet published a report that shows that last year 25... [more]

The working environment authority Arbejdstilsynet published a report that shows that last year 25 people died in work related accidents. This is the lowest number of fatal work-related accidents since the beginning of the registration of fatal work-related accidents in 1979. Despite fluctuations from year to year, the employment minister said that the development is going in the right direction with considerable declines of fatal work-related accidents in the last decade.

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