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Industrial action update: Despite continued negotiations, no settlement in sight

Intense burning of the midnight oil over Easter has not brought the parties much closer together

Finding the key to a Danish lockout is no small feat (photo: Flickr – Pete)
April 3rd, 2018 9:21 am| by Stephen Gadd

Despite ongoing talks, Denmark could still be heading for its most serious period of industrial action for decades.

The public sector workers strike and the lockout subsequently imposed by employers, which were due to start on 4 and 10 April respectively, were postponed by the moderator Mette Christensen by two weeks.

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The reason for doing so was that Christensen felt there was still a chance a negotiated solution could be reached.

No closer to resolution
However, despite negotiations over the Easter holidays culminating in a marathon 16-hour session ending at 02:30 this morning, unions and employees have still not reached an agreement, reports Politiken.

According to Michael Ziegler, the negotiator for the association of municipalities, Kommunernes Landsforening, things haven’t really moved on a lot.

Dennis Kristensen, his opposite number at the trade union FOA, agreed.

“We’ve spent an awful lot of time on the subject of the day – which was how large any wage increases should be,” said Kristensen.

Preparing for the worst
As things currently stand, if all else fails and the moderator doesn’t extend the negotiating period by another two weeks, the strike could start on April 22 and the lockout on April 28.

As previously reported, the consequence would be an almost total paralysis of the public sector with no schools or daycare institutions, hospital operations postponed, and large swathes of the public transport network out of action.

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Negotiations are set to restart today at 13:00 at the artbitration body Forligsinstitution.