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Denmark has no statutory minimum wage. Ahead of the ‘OK 2020’ collective bargaining negotiations ... [more]

Denmark has no statutory minimum wage. Ahead of the ‘OK 2020’ collective bargaining negotiations with industry, trade unions in Denmark mobilised for an increase in the minimum wage. Hundreds of activists from several professional trade unions in the private and public sectors demonstrated at the Copenhagen City Hall Square demanding a higher minimum wage.

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The Nordic countries, including Denmark, are battling plans to introduce an EU-wide minimum wage.... [more]

The Nordic countries, including Denmark, are battling plans to introduce an EU-wide minimum wage. Both politicians and unions fear this will undermine their century-old models of collective bargaining, which set minimum pay rates. Denmark’s employment minister said he supported higher wages for the least well-paid in Europe but that “the means to achieve this goal must respect national traditions and well-functioning models”.

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A minimum wage in the EU, which can threaten the Danish model, is on the way. Powerful forces in ... [more]

A minimum wage in the EU, which can threaten the Danish model, is on the way. Powerful forces in the EU work for a minimum wage, and for the European Commission it is a top priority. A model which the European Commission is considering is to develop the plan through a framework directive. According to the Minister for Employment, it could be a direct threat to the Danish labour market model, where employers and trade unions make agreements.

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Trade unions and leftist political parties in Denmark have started a vigorous campaign calling fo... [more]

Trade unions and leftist political parties in Denmark have started a vigorous campaign calling for an end to the EU Budget Act, enacted in the country in 2012. The legislation places a ceiling on social spending and development expenditure by the government. Trade unions are demanding that the austerity measures imposed under this Budget Act be scrapped and a new people’s budget implemented.

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What can we learn from the future of work in Denmark? This article addresses collective agreement... [more]

What can we learn from the future of work in Denmark? This article addresses collective agreements in the gig economy, a flexible approach to economic security and trade unions using technology to redesign jobs.

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Despite more repressive policies and a focus on sending them back to their origin countries, refu... [more]

Despite more repressive policies and a focus on sending them back to their origin countries, refugees are indispensable to the Danish labour market. Access to the labour market and finding employment are seen as the most urgent aspects of integration of refugees and are moreover often discussed as evidence of how integrated refugees really are. Recent refugee politics, however, have had profound consequences for refugees’ conditions on the Danish labour market.

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Baggage handlers at Copenhagen refused to work on Wednesday, resulting in some passengers experie... [more]

Baggage handlers at Copenhagen refused to work on Wednesday, resulting in some passengers experiencing delays. The action was conducted by employees of the SAS Ground Handling (SGH) company, which serves airlines including SAS, Danish Air Transport, Eurowings, Icelandair, Qatar Airways and Thai Airways. The refusal to work has been deemed by the Danish industrial dispute court Arbejdsretten as being in breach of the collective bargaining agreement between 3F, the union representing the staff, and Copenhagen Airport.

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Figures from the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment show that a total of 222,500 peo... [more]

Figures from the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment show that a total of 222,500 people with foreign citizenships were employed in Denmark during the first half of 2019.That means the number of foreigners working in Denmark is at its highest level since 2011. The increase reflects ongoing demand for hands on the Danish labour market.

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For the first time the 1,400 Burger King employees are covered by a collective agreement. The agr... [more]

For the first time the 1,400 Burger King employees are covered by a collective agreement. The agreement provides guaranteed working hours, bonus payment for evening and weekend hours, duty planning rules, paid holidays, paid sick leave, paid maternity leave, the right to have weekends off and protection for trade union rights.

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Educational workers union demands government funding for research

August 18, 2019

The Federation of the Estonian Universities, Institutions of Science, Research and Development (UNIVERSITAS), among other academic trade unions, has been at the forefront of protests directed against the negligence of the government towards the academic and scientific sectors.

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The number of 50–74-year-old employed increased

14 August 2019

The number of 50–74-year-old employed persons (232,500) has continued to increase, by 9,600 compared to last year. In the second quarter of 2019, the employment rate of the 50–74-year-old population was 59.2% and the unemployment rate 4.7%. The number of unemployed persons in this age category decreased by 2,100 compared to the same quarter of 2018. 127,700 of the employed were women and 104,800 men. Compared to the previous year, the number of employed women has increased by 3,400 and employed men by 6,200.

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In a new article in the scientific journal Work, Employment and Society is analysed how unions su... [more]

In a new article in the scientific journal Work, Employment and Society is analysed how unions succeed in organizing transnational workforce at the construction of the Copenhagen Metro City Ring. Despite several subcontracting firms that actively sought to circumvent Danish labour-market regulation. Transnational workers in large construction projects are often poorly integrated in the national labour-market regulation, which causes that current collective agreements are not always enforced. Trade unions have thus been able to change their organizational and enforcement strategies so that they better include transnational workers in the country. To be able to do this successfully the union created shared goals and identities across different groups of workers and actively tried to change the public owners' attitude to employment conditions.

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Academic trade union demands wage hike of 30%

May, 2019

The academic trade unions have sent a sectoral agreement draft to the council of rectors of the Estonian universities. In the draft, the unions petition for improved working conditions, and for a salary increase by at least 30 percent. Higher education employees want the agreement to take effect starting 2020. Among other things, the unions are petitioning for the extension of the minimum leave for academic employees from currently 35 days to 56 days, due to the nature of their work. Last year scientists also organized a protest outside Riigikogu to highlight the problem of funding in the academic sector.

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