Denmark -New two-year agreement for manufacturing -February 22, 2012

After a marathon bargaining round over the weekend of 11 and 12 February, the trade unions, led by the eight making up Co-Industri and including 3F, Dansk Metal and HK/Privat, concluded an agreement for 240,000 manufacturing workers and 6,000 enterprises, the latter represented by Dansk Industri. The recommended minimum wage increase is €18 per hour effective 1 March, and the same amount again on 1 March 2013. A pay supplement of 1.4% each year is available for performing difficult work, and apprentices, trainees and interns will get a 2.25% pay hike in each year. Exact wage increases will now be negotiated at local levels and inside company agreements. Improvements were also achieved concerning training (accumulation of training rights, new possibility for training during short-time), precarious workers (new measure against social dumping), senior workers, and dismissed workers (severance pay).

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