Holidays may go on permanent vacation

Union members are unimpressed as negotiators discuss the possibilities of scrapping two holidays

May 9th, 2012 11:12 am| by admin
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

Danes are facing the possibility of being stripped of two holidays as the government and the workers' unions try and come up with four billion kroner of extra work production.

The negotiations continue on the prospect of getting rid of Great Prayer Day (Store Bededag, which is the fourth Friday after Easter), and also either Holy Thursday (skærtorsdag, the day before Good Friday) or Whit Monday (2. Pinsedag, the Monday after the seventh Sunday after Easter).

Scrapping the two holidays has been proposed at meetings between the government's ministers and negotiators from the unions FTF and LO.

Advocates of dropping the holidays argue that the model would have three major benefits. Firstly, fewer holidays means that the workforce will contribute more, and secondly, the unions avoid the situation where their members must vote “yes” to a new agreement at the parliamentary level. Lastly, the four billion kroner that will be saved will go straight into funding the initiatives that are to be decided by the upcoming three-party talks.

But, the prospect of losing holidays has not gone down well in the union circles. The nurses' union, Dansk Sygeplejeråd, is displeased with the proposal, saying that the timing is poor due to the current high unemployment rate.

“I don’t want to ask my members to work more when their colleagues are being laid off,” Dansk Sygeplejeråd's president, Grete Christensen, told Berlingske newspaper. “So the first thing we must agree to at the three-party talks is when we need a boost to the work force, and then we can discuss cutting the holidays afterwards.”

Kim Simonsen, president of the HK union, was equally perplexed by the suggestion and urged the government to get going with the talks instead.

“If a holiday is difficult, then two of them would be twice as hard, especially when we can’t see what we are getting out of it,” Simonsen told Berlingske. “I would like to encourage the government to get on with the three-party negotiations now.”

The president of FOA union, Dennis Kristensen, is also on the record as saying he is unsatisfied with the prospect of waving goodbye to holidays.

Rockstar pig nursed a brutal hangover in style over the weekend (photo: Landsskuet - Dyreskuet i Herning Facebook page)
A lying pig, but no porkie pies
You can imagine that some of the cleaners' comments following a party for 1...
Glostrup, Rødovre, Ballerup and Frederiksberg were among the 15 municipalities that received nothing from 2011-2013 (photo: iStock)
Smaller municipalities missing out on welfare funds for the vulnerable
Not all of Denmark's 98 municipalities reap the rewards from the slush fun...
Wozniacki will regret this loss more than most given her easy draw (photo: si.robi)
Wozniacki out of Wimbledon
Caroline Wozniacki has once again failed to advance beyond the fourth round...
About 30,000 Jersey bull calves are put down in Denmark every year (photo: iStock)
New Danish project to curb euthanisation of Jersey calves
Every year some 30,000 Jersey bull calves are put down at Danish farms and ...
Passengers with bikes have increased from 2.1 to 9 million since 2010 (photo: Leif Jørgensen)
Every tenth S-train passenger travels with a bicycle
There has been a marked increase in passengers taking their bikes onto the ...
Pranov hopes that Heliac can be used to replace open fires used for cooking in developing countries (photo: Paul R Caron)
Danish project could save lives in developing countries
Danish engineer Henrik Pranov has developed a solar panel using plastic fil...