26 april 2004
Under transitional arrangements agreed by the EU and new Member States in central and eastern Europe which join in 1 May 2004, the existing Member States may limit movements of workers from the new Member States for a period of up to seven years after enlargement. In December 2003, a majority in the Danish parliament (Folketinget) supported a government proposal to introduce such transitional limitations (DK0312103F ). Thus Denmark has joined the other 'old' Member States, with the exception of Ireland, in taking a number of precautions in order to prevent any fears of an excessive movement of workers from the east. In terms of the nature of its transitional measures, Denmark is in the middle of the EU range, with Ireland at one extreme and Germany and Austria at the other (the latter have reportedly acted to restrict all movement of workers from the central and eastern European countries for the full seven-year transition period).  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/transitional-scheme-agreed-for-workers-from-central-and-eastern-europe
06 april 2004
Since 2001, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), the Scandinavian-based air carrier, has implemented a series of cost-cutting and restructuring exercises across its operations, in the face of major financial difficulties (DK0201124N ). In the latest round, launched in 2003 (SE0304104N ), management once again demanded wage cuts and an increase in the number of hours worked by staff, and negotiations over these issues with trade unions representing various staff groups were held under the threat of redundancies if the employees did not accept the conditions of the company's cost-saving plan (DK0304102F )  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/sas-staff-accept-lower-pay-and-shorter-working-hours-to-save-jobs  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/sas-announces-4000-redundancies-and-freezes-pay  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/sas-launches-third-phase-of-restructuring
30 mars 2004
On 21 March 2004, the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (Landsorganisationen i Danmark, LO) and the Danish Employers’ Confederation (Dansk Arbejdsgiverforening, DA) agreed to an overall compromise settlement to conclude 2004's various sectoral collective bargaining rounds across the major part of the private sector that they represent. The deal was drawn up by the Public Conciliation Service (Forligsinstitutionen), following two lengthy rounds of negotiations with the parties. It must now be put to a membership ballot.
08 mars 2004
In early February 2004, Hans Jensen, the president of the Confederation of Danish Trade Unions (Landsorganisationen i Danmark, LO), and Jørn Neergaard Larsen, the managing director of the Danish Employers' Confederation (Dansk Arbejdsgiverforening, DA), signed an agreement on the incorporation of EU Directive (2002/14/EC)  establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees (EU0204207F ) into the existing cooperation agreement  between LO and DA. This agreement  currently covers around 50% of the Danish labour force in the private sector.  http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32002L0014&model=guichett  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/final-approval-given-to-consultation-directive  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/co-operation-agreements  http://www.samarbejdsnaevnet.dk/boeger/SA-engelsk.pdf
01 mars 2004
New collective agreements for hourly-paid and salaried workers in the industrial sector were concluded on 1 February 2004 by the Confederation of Danish Industries (Dansk Industri, DI) employers' organisation and the Central Organisation of Industrial Employees (Centralorganisationen af industriansatte, CO-industri) trade union bargaining cartel. The key points of the three-year deal are improvements in 'social' areas, such as occupational pensions, parental leave and sick pay. The settlement is a compromise based on a wish to maintain jobs and its provisions represent an increase in labour costs of nearly 1% per year over its three-year term, leaving room for subsequent local pay negotiations which should ensure real wage increases without jeopardising the competitiveness of enterprises (DK0312102F ). The new agreements will succeed the four-year deal concluded in 2000 (DK0002166N ).  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/prospects-for-2004-bargaining-round-examined  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/historic-stability-pact-agreed-in-industry-sector
29 februari 2004
Since October 2003, the Trade Union of Public Employees (Forbundet af Offentlige Ansatte, FOA) and the Association of Christian Employers (Kristelig Arbejdsgiverforening, KA) have been in contact for the purpose of concluding a collective agreement. Until now, it has been unheard of that unions affiliated to the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (Landsorganisationen i Danmark, LO) would have any dealings with what they regard as a 'yellow' Christian organisation, in the light of many disputes with it over the years. The reactions of some of the other LO trade unions were strong when it was announced on 23 January 2004 that FOA and KA were negotiating a collective agreement.
09 februari 2004
In autumn 2003, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), the Scandinavian-based air carrier, decided to relocate its ticket-clearing operations from Denmark to India, where wages are considerably lower than in Denmark but skills are regarded as equally high. This meant the loss of 185 jobs from 1 April 2004. The airline also hinted that it was considering relocating its call centre to the relatively low-pay Baltic countries - the English-speaking telephone sales operation is already located in Tallinn, Estonia. The Danish Union of Salaried Employees in SAS (Luftfartfunktionærernes Fagforening, LFF) announced in January 2004 that the 200 Danish call centre staff had accepted a wage cut in order to head off this outsourcing and the loss of their jobs. According to LFF, all the Danish call centre staff have agreed a monthly pay cut of DKK 2,400, or about 10%. Some of the wage loss can be recovered through a bonus scheme which rewards the best sales staff.
09 februari 2004
In January 2004, around 1,300 workers were given notice of redundancy in the Northern Jutland region of Denmark. Within the space of a week, three large companies employing a significant part of the regional labour force announced either plant closures or extensive restructuring.
29 januari 2004
On Sunday 18 January 2004, a three-person legal panel averted a potentially historic industrial conflict between professional football clubs and players - the Danish League Association (Divisionsforeningen) and the Danish Football Players' Association (Spillerforeningen) (DK0107126N ). The three members of the Danish Professional Football Arbitration Court (Dansk Fodbolds Voldgiftsret) ruled, following a meeting in Brøndby, that the association of professional clubs, Divisionsforeningen, had not given due warning before suspending a collective agreement between clubs and the players' union. The players were entitled to a three-month warning of suspension, the court ruled.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/danish-football-players-union-is-a-success
27 januari 2004
In November 2003, the EIRO national centres in each EU Member State (plus Norway), were asked, in response to a questionnaire, to give a brief overview of: the procedures and costs involved in collective redundancies - ie the dismissal of a number of employees for economic/organisational reasons (rather than reasons related to the individuals concerned); the levels of, and reasons for, redundancies over recent years; and current debate on the issue. The Danish responses are set out below (along with the questions asked).