Today’s front pages – Wednesday, Jan 23

The Copenhagen Post’s daily digest of what the Danish dailies are reporting on their front pages

Embattled PR firm attempting to hire employees without paying
After coming under fire for allegations it conspired with rail operator DSB to prevent a journalist from writing negative articles about the state-owned railway, Waterfront Communications is now being accused of telling new hires that they will not receive any wages until they show that they can bring in 80,000 kroner to the company over a three month period. One expert referred to the practice, reportedly detailed in documents obtained by Berlingske newspaper, as “slavery”. – Berlingske

Councils distrust tax authorities
Nearly one third of the nation’s councils decline to refer cases of delinquent payment to tax authority Skat for collection, according to a new survey by Politiken Research. The survey showed that 29 of Denmark’s 98 councils decided against sending debt cases to Skat because they believe that the tax authorities do a poor job in retrieving the money. By the end of 2012, debt owed to the councils stood at nearly 12 billion kroner. – Politiken

Too many requesting after-hours care
Every fifth call to after-hours doctors could have made to the person’s own general practictioner. A recently released report shows that about 20 percent of the 22,000 people seeking after-hours or weekend care from a doctor in the central Jutland health region in 2011 could have waited to call their own doctor instead. After-hours care costs healthcare regions about 700 million kroner a year. – Jyllands-Posten

Government unclear over banking fees
PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt declined to say whether the government would propose laws forbidding banking fees in the wake of Danske Bank announcing that it would be charging customers for having an account unless they their assets and other banking activity exceeded 750,000 kroner. While her Socialdemokraterne party was quick to attack the bank’s strategy, coalition partner Radikale argued that banks have a right to run their business as they see fit. – Børsen