Last week, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, paid a two-day state visit to Denmark. Since his election, Macron has shown great interest in the Danish flexicurity model. Meanwhile, the Danish trade union movement maintains that the model doesn’t work if you take the security out of flexicurity.
After years of trying to organise Romanian workers after they arrive in Denmark, we have finally taken a more proactive approach: To organise and help build a trade union in Romania, says Vice President, Anders Mark Jensen, from The Flight Personnel Union in Denmark.
Maintaining workers’ rights should be a requirement for a Brexit deal – not just for the sake of British workers. A race to the bottom will affect European and Danish workers too. This is the message from TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady.
Unemployment continues to drop. We now have the lowest number of unemployed since February 2009. However, there are still people without jobs. Let us use the upturn in the economy to ensure jobs for everyone.
LO expects that the economy will continue to expand in the coming years with a growing labour demand and growing private consumption. The assessment is that the Danish economy and labour market are in good shape. “These positive circumstances should be used to ensure jobs for everyone”, says LO’s Chief Economist, Allan Lyngsø Madsen.
The Danish government and three political parties have concluded an agreement on the framework for the platform economy in Denmark. -The right steps are now being taken towards automatic reporting to the Danish tax authorities and more funds for tax control, says LO’s Vice-President, Nanna Højlund.
The Danish Economic Council has published its spring report on the Danish economy. The report shows an economy with balanced growth where rising employment is counterbalanced by an increase in the workforce. There are thus no signs that the Danish economy is going to overheat – something which LO has pointed out on a number of occasions.
Competition cannot stand on its own says the Commissioner for Competition. We need welfare systems, unemployment benefits and investments into new jobs in the industries where companies have relocated or jobs have been automated. We must strike a balance to ensure both competition and dynamics while also ensuring that no one is left behind.
Today, the two central organisations on the Danish labour market, LO and FTF, have decided to merge and form a new joint central organisation. With this decision, 1.5 million workers will be united in an organisation that is stronger than ever.
As the current collective agreements expired on 1 April, negotiators have been working round the clock to reach an agreement for 800,000 Danish workers. The biggest hurdles are wages, paid lunch break, and working time for teachers.