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The Ledernes Hovedorganisation, a trade union for executives and managers, has proposed an obliga... [more]

The Ledernes Hovedorganisation, a trade union for executives and managers, has proposed an obligatory four-month paternity leave to improve the position of women on the labour market. With the forced 16 weeks paternity leave for fathers, women would only get 30 weeks of publicly financed maternity leave. According to the union, the current situation has a negative effect on the career chances of women. If women are to have a chance of reaching the top, the care for children should be more equally divided between fathers and mothers. Whilst social and health care workers are in favour of the Ledernes Hovedorganisations proposal on obligatory paternity leave, the employers’ organisation is against earmarked paternity leave.

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According to a new inventory from the Confederation of Trade Unions inequality in the country is ... [more]

According to a new inventory from the Confederation of Trade Unions inequality in the country is greater than many might think and the distance between rich and poor is steadily growing. The richest 10% sits on half of the total wealth. This figure is just one in six numbers that were used for measuring inequality. According to figures from Statistics Denmark, the poorest tenth of the population has on average an overall negative wealth of a total of 246,852 DKK. At the same time, the richest tenth has an average fortune of 5.5 million DKK. The trade union confederation is worried about this development and urges government to take action in the form of an inequality stop and by setting up an inequality commission.

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Trade union 3F is trying to establish a collective agreement for a group of fast food workers tha... [more]

Trade union 3F is trying to establish a collective agreement for a group of fast food workers that work for several different fast food restaurants in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens. Many of this young fast food workers are believed to be working under precarious conditions. While Tivoli itself and other restaurants at the tourist attraction negotiate collective agreements for their workers with 3F and other trade unions, the fast food restaurants in Tivoli’s food hall refused to sign collective agreements. In the holiday season 3F organised picket lines and distributed leaflets to urge the fast food companies to recognize the rights of their workers and sign a collective agreement.

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The government wants to force municipalities and regions to outsource more of their tasks to the ... [more]

The government wants to force municipalities and regions to outsource more of their tasks to the private market, for example, childcare and care for the elderly. A new study shows that the government's line has little support from the population. Only 20% of the respondents agreed with the statement that the outsourcing of public services to the private market should be forced upon municipalities and regions. Furthermore, two third of the respondents believes proper wage and work conditions are crucial if public tasks are to be outsourced. This in line with the stance of the trade union that emphasizes that the outsourcing of public services may not have a negative influence on the quality of the services or the employment conditions of the people performing the work.

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A research article, published in the Nordic Journal of Commercial Law, examines platform work in ... [more]

A research article, published in the Nordic Journal of Commercial Law, examines platform work in the light of the Danish model of providing a legal basis for decent pay and working conditions by way of collective bargaining. Platforms often rely on the worker not officially being an employee. Therefore collective agreements could be questionable from both a labour law as well as a competition law perspective. The article looks further into these legal perspectives by drawing out principles from national case law as well as case law of the European Court of Justice. The article concludes that as long as the platform workers are not genuinely self-employed collective agreements would be in line with both labour law as competition law.

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After coming to the conclusion that the country’s work environment was developing negatively in 2... [more]

After coming to the conclusion that the country’s work environment was developing negatively in 2017 the government appointed an expert committee tasked with turning around negative workplace environment. After thorough analysis the committee of experts has now come with 18 recommendations which all point to the fact that work environment measures should take into account the actual conditions in the workplaces. The inspection should give more advice to businesses and improve their targeting of businesses and trades that are known to have work environment issues and give higher fines when they discover misconducts. Trade union 3F does not believe that the recommendations will make much of a difference if more money is not allocated to the improvement of work.

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The supreme court has ratified fines that were charged to four Uber drivers for failing to have p... [more]

The supreme court has ratified fines that were charged to four Uber drivers for failing to have permits and violating laws that the country introduced to regulate Uber. The laws were implemented in February 2017 in response to protests that Uber creates an unfair competition by not following the legal standards that are required for established taxi firms. Nowadays Uber drivers must have seat sensors and fare meters in their cars. The drivers are also obliged to have official permits to transport passengers. The supreme court’s verdict is paving the way for similar fines on a further 1,500 drivers. Trade union 3F stated to be pleased with the supreme courts’ decision but calls for authorities to pursue Uber itself and not just its drivers.

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Labour shortages in many sectors of the labour market make employers increasingly looking for wor... [more]

Labour shortages in many sectors of the labour market make employers increasingly looking for workers outside of the country’s borders. Trade unions worry about this development, fearing an increase in social dumping unless stricter controls of foreign employments are introduced. There are two instruments used to tackle social dumping. First of all, collective agreements have included new regulations which allow insight into foreign workers’ wages and terms of employment. Secondly, there is state control via the Working Environment Authority, registers and tax authorities.

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Backed by several political parties, the government has agreed on a proposal for a new (un)employ... [more]

Backed by several political parties, the government has agreed on a proposal for a new (un)employment policy. The plan is to simplify the existing rules and at the same time transfer more responsibility to the unemployment insurance funds, the so-called A-kasse. A-kasse are organisations, which in most cases are linked to trade unions. The organisations offer insurance against unemployment and administer public laws and regulations in that field. With the agreement, the municipalities are given more freedom to organise the efforts, but at the same time, their results are monitored through new benchmarking tools, as well as a better opportunity for sanctions against those municipalities that are not doing well.

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An Equal Times blog is dedicated an assessment of the collective agreement that trade union 3F (t... [more]

An Equal Times blog is dedicated an assessment of the collective agreement that trade union 3F (the United Federation of Danish Workers), the largest trade union in the country, signed in April 2018 with Hilfr.dk, a website that provides cleaning services in private homes for around 1,700 customers across the country. Around 450 workers at the online platform for cleaning will benefit from significant guarantees under the signed collective agreement. With the agreement Hilfr domestic cleaners, who were formerly self-employed, become workers and are thereby protected by EU and national labour law.

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