10 July 2006
In December 2003, the Danish parliament approved an agreement establishing a national transition scheme concerning access to the Danish labour market of workers from eight of the 10 new Member States (except Cyprus and Malta) that joined the European Union (EU) on 1 May 2004. According to the agreement – also referred to as the East Agreement – a work and residence permit is given under the precondition that the applicant is offered a full-time job under the provisions of a collective agreement in force (*DK0312103F* ; *DK0404103F* ; *DK0505101N*  and *DK0512101N* ).  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/transitional-scheme-agreed-for-workers-from-central-and-eastern-europe  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/controversy-over-rules-for-workers-from-new-eu-member-states  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/the-expected-invasion-of-cheap-labour-from-the-new-eastern-eu-countries-did-not-take-place  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/workers-from-the-east-european-countries-counteract-bottleneck-problems
02 July 2006
On 26 April 2006, two major trade union confederations, the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (Landsorganisationen i Danmark, LO ) and the Confederation of Salaried Employees and Civil Servants in Denmark (Funktionærerne og Tjenestemændenes Fællesråd, FTF ), signed a new cooperation agreement. The agreement extends their political cooperation, outlines the different organisational areas of LO and FTF, and stipulates that disagreements about organising members can be solved through negotiation, conciliation and the involvement of the individual members.  http://www.lo.dk/  http://www.ftf.dk/
28 February 2006
An official tripartite committee on 'lifelong upgrading of skills and qualification and education/training for all groups on the labour market' was set up in September 2004 for the purpose of mapping out and analysing present programmes and activities in the field of adult and continuing training in Denmark. On 2 February 2006, the results of its work were published in a report  of more than 1,000 pages. On the basis of its analysis, the committee strongly recommends a strengthening of activities and programmes in the field of adult and continuing training and proposes different models of financing this initiative. The committee in particular recommends a strengthening of measures in relation to the most disadvantaged groups on the labour market, including people with inadequate literacy and/or numeracy skills.  http://www.fm.dk/1024/visPublikationesForside.asp?artikelID=8123
13 February 2006
The Danish Labour Court decided 11 January 2006 that temporary agency workers working in companies under the provisions of the sectoral collective agreement, the Electricians’ Agreement must be treated on the same level as permanent staff concerning pay and working conditions. The ruling concerned two cases involving the Union of Danish Electricians (Dansk El-Forbund, DEF) and Tekniq, the employers' organisation for heating and plumbing engineering and electrical installation. The electricians in question were assigned to the companies Kemp & Lauritzen A/S and Kaj Jensen A/S by a temporary work agency. In both cases the temporary agency workers did not work under the same conditions as the permanent electricians of the companies. Among other things they did not receive payment for working overtime or working on holidays. Instead they were paid in relation to a contract between the user companies and the temporary work agency.
07 February 2006
On the 23 January 2006 almost 200 Danish SAS pilots left the cockpits in order to attend a joint meeting about the implications for the pilots caused by new management plans of restructuring. The pilots, who have experienced several reductions in their employment conditions over the last years, were frustrated because of the plans of the management to transfer the approxemately 2,200 SAS pilots from the current employment at Group level to national level, i.e. transferring the employers bargaining responsibility vis-à-vis the pilots’ collective agreements from the central Group level to each of the three national subsidiaries in Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
30 January 2006
On 11 January 2006, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg convened to deliver the Court's long-awaited judgment  in the case of /Sørensen & Rasmussen v Denmark/ (applications nos. 52562/99 and 52620/99). The question at issue was whether it is a violation of Article 11 of the Council of Europe's European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms  to prevent people from obtaining employment if they refuse to be a members of a trade union that has concluded a closed-shop agreement with the enterprise in question - in other words, Danish closed-shop agreements were being put definitively to the test.  http://cmiskp.echr.coe.int/tkp197/view.asp?item=57&portal=hbkm&action=html&highlight=&sessionid=5574766&skin=hudoc-en  http://conventions.coe.int/treaty/en/Treaties/Html/005.htm
10 January 2006
The German-owned discount supermarket chain, Lidl, has concluded a collective agreement with the United Federation of Workers (Fagligt Fælles Forbund, 3F). Commentators argue that this would appear to challenge Lidl's reputation in Denmark as having a poor staff policy and paying low wages - it has often been accused of trying to copy the model of the US-owned Wal-Mart, which has a very difficult relationship with trade unions. But on 4 January 2006, Lidl concluded an agreement with 3F covering 50 warehouse workers working in the chain’s first big central warehouse in Kolding (Jutland). Lidl has more than 6,000 stores in a number of European countries.
12 December 2005
Since he EU enlargement 1 May 2004 workers from the East European countries have contributed to counteract bottlenecks problems at the Danish labour market - in particular in seasonal employment as agriculture and horticulture and in the building sector. This is the conclusion of a new report about the consequences of the EU enlargement for the Danish labour market made by Ramboll Management for the Ministry of Employment. The report was presented 30 November 2005.
29 November 2005
A labour dispute in Sweden that has led to a case being referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and to controversial comments by the EU Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services is being followed with the utmost interest in Denmark
14 November 2005
The Danish trade union movement must adjust or die. These are the words of the controversial trade union leader, president of union of public employees Trade and Labour (Fag og Arbejde, FOA ) Dennis Kristensen. In an open interview in the weekly magazine /Ugebrevet Mandag Morgen/ 17 October 2005 Mr Kristensen expresses his fear that lacking innovation in the trade union movement headed by the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (Landsorganisationen i Danmark, LO) will lead to the decline of the movement. Not a complete dissolution but a union density as in Southern Europe, he says, which will seriously diminish the influence on the structure of the Danish labour market.  http://www.foa.dk/sw16.asp