10 március 2002
In mid-January 2002, central bargaining started in the public sector, with separate negotiations covering the state sector and the municipal/county sector (DK0111128F ). A ballot of trade union members was due to be held in March on a compromise deal reached for the state sector. For many years, the tradition has been that the conclusion of an agreement for the municipal/county sector is more or less a mere formality following the end of the state sector bargaining, which normally sets the trend. However, in 2002, for the first time ever, bargaining in the municipal/county sector has failed and the Official Conciliation Service  (Forligsinstitutionen) has been called in.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations-quality-of-life-working-conditions/unions-and-employers-set-out-demands-for-public-sector-bargaining-round  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/official-conciliation-service
05 február 2002
Immediately after coming to office in November 2001, the new coalition government of the Liberal Party (Venstre) and Conservative People's Party (Konservative Folkeparti), announced that it would table a bill amending the current Act on part-time work (DK0112147F ). The bill was presented at the end of January 2002.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/new-government-challenges-trade-union-movement
04 február 2002
In 2000, the then Social Democrat-led government set up a so-called 'think tank' to examine the integration of immigrants. The intention was that the appointed members of the body were to look at integration in Denmark in a broad perspective, both by making projections about the number of foreign national in Denmark over the next 20 years, and by coming up with new proposals for better integration methods.
03 február 2002
Issues related to the presence of refugees and non-EU immigrants in Denmark and, in particular to their integration into Danish society, have been the subject of intensive and often heated debate in recent years (DK0005179F ). Following the general election in November 2001, when the previous Social Democrat-led government was replaced by a coalition of the Liberal Party (Venstre) and Conservative People's Party (Konservative Folkeparti) (DK0112147F ), the issue was again placed in the spotlight by the new government's proposals on integration, which include a proposed reduction of social security benefits and allowances for refugees, with the aim of getting them into employment.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-labour-market/initiatives-to-promote-the-integration-of-immigrants  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/new-government-challenges-trade-union-movement
15 január 2002
The joint Norwegian-Swedish-Danish airline company Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) is seeking – as with many other airlines – to reorganise in the light of the extensive crisis in aviation since the terrorist attacks on the USA in September 2001. At the start of the crisis, SAS declared that 2,500 jobs had to go. Since then, the figure has been reduced through agreements with staff organisations and trade unions. Some 1,700 white-collar staff have thus accepted having their pay and working hours reduced by just over 5% in order to save jobs. In addition, they will also refrain from claiming wage increases in 2002. Voluntary leave schemes and part-time arrangement are being introduced and the employees have accepted the loss of a number of fringe benefits. The Danish white-collar employees' union at SAS, Luftfartsfunktionærerne (LFF), had hoped for a guarantee against dismissals, but in spite of joint efforts the management has given no such commitment.
15 január 2002
A recent study carried out by the Department of Organisation and Industrial Sociology (Institut for Organisation og Arbejdssociologi) at the Copenhagen Business School (Handelshøjskolen i København) and published in mid-January 2002 shows that the total membership of Danish trade unions remained more or less unchanged at about 2.15 million over the period 1994 to 2001. During the same period, the number of potential members, however, increased by about 100,000 persons who joined the total labour force. This means that the total number of organised employees as a proportion of the potential membership (ie union density) has fallen from 84.6% in 1994 to 81.7% in 2001, or nearly three percentage points.
04 december 2001
In November 2001, the Danish National Institute of Social Research (Socialforskningsinstituttet, SFI) released its annual report  on 'the social responsibility of Danish enterprises'.  http://www.sfi.dk/presse/show.php3?request=116
28 november 2001
In the spring of 2002, the employers' organisations and trade unions in the Danish public sector will renegotiate the current three-year collective agreements concluded in 1999 (DK9903114F ). If the social partners conclude two-year agreements, the public sector bargaining cycle will again be in line with the trend-setting private sector, which will be renegotiating its four-year agreements concluded in 2000 (DK0002167F ) in 2004. Within the public sector, the negotiations take place on two levels: for the central government sector and for the county/municipality sector. At both levels, the negotiations start centrally and take place between federations. Later, the individual organisations, such as the Danish Nurses' Organisation (Dansk Sygeplejeråd, DSR), negotiate with the employers. In November 2001, the social partners, as is traditional, presented their demands and positions for the spring 2002 negotiations.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/new-pay-settlements-take-decentralised-approach  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/2000-bargaining-round-completed-peacefully
18 november 2001
In May 2001, the Minister of Labour and the social partners concluded an agreement on the 'psychological working environment' within the framework of the Working Environment Council (Arbejdsmiljørådet), which gave the Working Environment Authority (Arbejdstilsynet) the scope to intervene in cases concerning bullying and harassment in enterprises (DK0107128F ). The Minister thus issued an administrative Order which authorises the Authority to supervise the mental as well as physical aspects of safety and health at work.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions-industrial-relations/dispute-over-regulation-of-health-and-safety-at-work
18 november 2001
Since the autumn of 1999, the trade unions representing skilled and unskilled childcare workers - the Danish Federation of Early Childhood Teachers and Youth Educators (Forbundet for Pædagoger og Klubfolk, BUPL) and the National Union of Nursery and Childcare Assistants (Pædagogmedhjælpernes Forbund, PMF) respectively - had been discussing a merger into a single union (DK0012109F ). However, in autumn 2001, following a consultative ballot among BUPL members, the top leaderships of the two unions decided to abandon the merger plans. A merged childcare workers' union would have had 80,000 members (50,000 from BUPL and 30,000 from PMF) and would have been the sixth-largest union in Denmark.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-social-policies/childcare-workers-unions-plan-merger