Denmark - Unions successful in organising transnational construction workers - June 1, 2019

In a new article in the scientific journal Work, Employment and Society is analysed how unions succeed in organizing transnational workforce at the construction of the Copenhagen Metro City Ring. Despite several subcontracting firms that actively sought to circumvent Danish labour-market regulation. Transnational workers in large construction projects are often poorly integrated in the national labour-market regulation, which causes that current collective agreements are not always enforced. Trade unions have thus been able to change their organizational and enforcement strategies so that they better include transnational workers in the country. To be able to do this successfully the union created shared goals and identities across different groups of workers and actively tried to change the public owners' attitude to employment conditions.

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For more information, please contact Sanne van der Gaag or Sjaak van der Velden, De Burcht (Scientific Bureau for the Dutch Trade Union Movement) sannevandergaag@deburcht.org or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Steve Coulter scoulter@etui.org. For previous full issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter or consult the archive with all articles in our database at www.cbnarchive.eu. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org.


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