Today’s front pages – Wednesday, Feb 27

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

Government growth plan damaging to environment

If the government’s new growth plan, Vækstplan DK, is ratified, CO2 emissions in Denmark will increase by 0.4 tonnes by 2020, according to calculations from the Climate and Energy Ministry. The pollution increase is mostly due to businesses being spared over ten billion kroner is energy taxes through 2020. Green think-tank Concito called the results a “massive failure” for the government's stated green ambitions.  – Politiken

Growth plan to boost business sector

The government’s new growth plan will pave the way for more fund-owned companies, which in turn will keep jobs and head offices in Denmark, according to Børsen financial daily.  The government has set aside billions of kroner through 2020 to ensure that large family-owned companies like Maersk can change to fund-owned companies without being taxed, as they would under current legislation. The initiative is expected to cost 300 million kroner starting from the year 2015. – Børsen

Dansk Folkeparti and Socialdemokraterne equally popular

For the first time in history, right-wing Dansk Folkeparti (DF) and government party Socialdemokraterne (S) are equally popular in the polls. PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s party received 17.2 percent support in the poll following its reforms of the welfare state, while17.4 percent of voters put their support behind DF and its leader Kristian Thulesen Dahl. The poll, conducted by YouGov for metroXpress newspaper, comes as a massive blow to Socialdemokraterne in the wake of recent reforms to the student grant system, kontanthjælp and the growth package. – metroXpress

Socialdemokraterne in turmoil after reforms

The leadership of government party Socialdemokraterne (S) is split following the presentation of the government’s growth package yesterday. Even before the package was revealed, two of S’s top politicians, Mette Frederiksen and Henrik Sass Larsen, were forced to come out in support of the package despite having indicated that they did not support it.  Both Jyllands-Posten newspaper and Ekstra Bladet wrote that the two did not support the package, which infuriated PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, according to Berlingske newspaper. A number of local S politicians have since revealed that they do not support the policies of their party. – Berlingske

  • How internationals can benefit from joining trade unions

    How internationals can benefit from joining trade unions

    Being part of a trade union is a long-established norm for Danes. But many internationals do not join unions – instead enduring workers’ rights violations. Find out how joining a union could benefit you, and how to go about it.

  • Internationals in Denmark rarely join a trade union

    Internationals in Denmark rarely join a trade union

    Internationals are overrepresented in the lowest-paid fields of agriculture, transport, cleaning, hotels and restaurants, and construction – industries that classically lack collective agreements. A new analysis from the Workers’ Union’s Business Council suggests that internationals rarely join trade unions – but if they did, it would generate better industry standards.

  • Novo Nordisk overtakes LEGO as the most desirable future workplace amongst university students

    Novo Nordisk overtakes LEGO as the most desirable future workplace amongst university students

    The numbers are especially striking amongst the 3,477 business and economics students polled, of whom 31 percent elected Novo Nordisk as their favorite, compared with 20 percent last year.