Denmark -Controversy over advice to avoid unions -September 16, 2013

The trade union 3F reported that a Polish embassy manual, amongst other things, urged Polish companies not to inform trade unions about employee salaries and claimed that Danish unions could act illegally. The embassy has produced the 103-page manual, titled ‘Manual for Polish Companies’ with the aim to present the rules of the labour market in a clear and impartial way. While vehemently denying that they had undermined the unions, the embassy did concede that they could have taken some precautions in regards to the manual. 3F criticism is also towards the attorney that compiled the manual. This consultant has been accused of cheating Polish workers out of their wages in a number of cases.



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