Denmark -Conservative party proposal to undercut collective agreements -September 7, 2012

According to the Employment Ministry a proposal by Dansk Folkeparti (DF) and Venstre (V), if approved by a majority in Parliament, would force some workers to work for salaries as low as 30 kroner an hour and without the right to strike. The proposal was made to limit the rights of trade unions to enter into conflicts with businesses that sign collective bargaining agreements with independent unions that tend to leave their employees worse off. According to the Employment Ministry, this would open up the possibility of employers getting away with substantially lower salaries and could undermine the working conditions that have been secured through the Danish employment model.

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