Denmark - Concern that subsidised jobs being used to cut costs - February 15, 2010

The FOA public services union is worried that local authorities are taking on unskilled workers as part of a subsidised employment scheme and then using them to replace existing, skilled and higher paid employees. The union reports one case where a nursing home sacked a number of workers but not before asking them to provide training to the subsidised employees who would replace them. The FOA says that the number of subsidised jobs in local government increased to 13,653 in 2009 up from 9,128 in 2008, but could rise to 25,000 in 2010. The union is concerned about the impact on the quality of care.



This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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