08 július 2002
On 24 May 2002, Det Danske Stålvalseværk A/S (Dansteel) - Denmark's largest recycling company, whose activities include producing iron and steel from scrap - suspended payments after having accumulated a deficit of about DKK 0.5 billion over the past three years. The wages of the employees were guaranteed for a further period of one month and, according to employee representatives, the employees agreed to continue to work while the management looked for a buyer. On 28 June, however, the company filed a winding-up petition and about 1,100 employees received notice of dismissal.
08 július 2002
On 1 July 2002, after about 18 months of preparations, three major service sector employers' organisations entered into a formal merger, creating a new umbrella organisation entitled Commerce, Transport and Service (Handel, Transport og Serviceerhvervene, HTS). The founding organisations are the Employers' Federation for Trade, Transport and Service (Arbejdsgiverforeningen for Handel, Transport og Service, ATHS), the Chamber of Commerce (Handelskammeret) and the Association of the Hotel, Restaurant and Leisure Industry in Denmark (Hotel-, Restaurant-, og Turisterhvervets Arbejdsgiverforening, HORESTA). The new organisation has a group-like structure, with employer interests and business interests being handled separately, With more than 10,000 affiliated enterprises and 90 sectoral member organisations, HTS is Denmark's second-largest combined trade and employers' organisation after the Confederation of Danish Industries (Dansk Industri, DI).
30 június 2002
On 24 May 2002, the social partners and the municipalities concluded an important agreement with the government on the strengthening of integration measures on the Danish labour market. The Danish labour market is currently characterised by a generally high level of employment but, at the same time, by disproportionately low employment rates among immigrants, newly arrived refugees and new immigrants coming to Denmark to be reunited with family members. About 50% of all refugees and immigrants from 'third countries' (ie countries outside the EU, the Nordic countries and North America) are outside the labour force.
25 június 2002
This feature outlines how Danish social partner organisations have been involved in Denmark's 2002 National Action Plan (NAP) on employment . Under the European employment strategy , each year the EU Member States draw up NAPs in response to the annual Employment Guidelines .  http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/news/2002/may/nap2002/nap2002_da_en.pdf  http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/empl&esf/ees_en.htm  http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/news/2002/mar/guidelines_02_en.pdf
10 június 2002
Immediately after coming to office in November 2001, the coalition government of the Liberal Party (Venstre) and Conservative People's Party (Konservative Folkeparti) presented a set of employment-related measures, referred to in the government's programme as 'the freedom package for the labour market' (DK0112147F ). Thus included a bill amending the current Act on part-time work, with the aim of increasing access to this form of work for employees. The proposal stated that: 'An employee and an employer shall have the right to conclude an agreement on part-time work for the employee. Any direct or indirect obstacle to or restriction in this right, for instance by virtue of collective agreement, custom or practice, shall be void.'  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/new-government-challenges-trade-union-movement
09 június 2002
After coming to office in November 2001 (DK0112147F ), the new coalition government of the Liberal Party (Venstre) and the Conservative People's Party (Det Konservative Folkeparti) announced that it intended to amend a number of initiatives taken by the former government led by the Social Democratic Party (Socialdemokratiet). One of these measures was the introduction of a duty on enterprises to produce wage statistics broken down by gender (DK0106123N ). The aim was to make it easier to resolve the problems relating to equal pay between men and women.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/new-government-challenges-trade-union-movement  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/bill-on-wage-data-adopted
11 április 2002
During the course of 2001, the main trade union in banking and finance, the Financial Services Union (Finansforbundet, FF) conducted a study based on telephone interviews with its 1,200 current workplace union representative  s (tillidsrepræsentanten) and 700 former representatives. The study, published in April 2002, finds that although workplace union representatives in the financial sector have a growing workload, they have little influence on major issues such as the working environment, dismissals and wages. Nevertheless, those involved find that their work as union representatives is an interesting task.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/workplace-union-members-representative
09 április 2002
On coming to office in November 2001, the new minority coalition government of the Liberal Party (Venstre) and Conservative People's Party (Konservative Folkeparti) announced that, as part of its programme for its first 100 days in office, it would table a bill establishing a state unemployment  insurance fund (UIF) as an alternative to the existing private UIFs (which are administered by trade unions) (DK0112147F ). However, in spring 2002, by agreement with the right-wing opposition Danish People's Party (Dansk Folkeparti, DF), the government decided to withdraw the bill, which would have given employees more freedom of choice in UIFs. However, the government's proposal to allow the creation of cross-sector UIFs with a view to promoting flexibility on the labour market will continue, with DF support. Furthermore, if this measure does not have the desired effect in terms of labour market flexibility, the bill on state UIFs can be tabled again at a later stage, with the issue to be reconsidered in 2004 at the latest.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/unemployment-1  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/new-government-challenges-trade-union-movement
25 március 2002
On 5 March 2002, the coalition government of the Liberal Party (Venstre) and Conservative People's Party (Konservative Folkeparti) presented a new plan for the labour market integration of non-EU immigrants and refugees, seeking to ensure that more people from these groups find employment at an early stage. The plan is entitled 'Towards a new integration policy' ('På vej mod en ny integrationspolitik '). Presenting the proposal, the Minister for Employment stated that there are currently too many bureaucratic rules which stand in the way of effective integration. The way to successful integration is through the labour market, he stated, and it is important to make the best possible use of all available resources.  http://www.am.dk/flygtninge_indvandrere/integrationsudspil/default.asp
24 március 2002
Parliamentary and county/municipal council elections took place on 20 November 2001. The result was a serious defeat for the Social Democratic Party (Socialdemokratiet), which had formed the outgoing government together with the Social Liberal Party (Radikale Venstre). The Social Democratic Party saw a serious decline in support in the county/municipal elections and lost its position as the largest party in parliament (Folketing), a position it had held since the 1920s. The winners in the parliamentary elections - the Liberal Party (Venstre) and the Conservative Party (Det Konservative Folkeparti) - formed a coalition government. The Liberal Party is the larger party in the coalition and its leader, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, will be Prime Minister for the coming four years, unless a new election is called prematurely.