Morning Briefing – Thursday, June 6

The Copenhagen Post’s daily digest of what the Danish press is reporting

Resistance to obligatory homework help

Lars Barfoed and his Konservative (K) party are headed to today’s school-reform talks with an offer that could break the deadlock in the negotiations. K said that it will vote in favour of the reform package if the demand for obligatory home work assistance is removed. They also want students to receive grades from the fourth grade, which the government opposes. – Politiken

Scientists make malaria breakthrough

Scientists from the Centre of Medicinal Parasitology at the University of Copenhagen have shed some light on how malarial parasites avoid the body’s immune system and congregate in the brain. The researchers hope that the ground-breaking results, which have just been published in the research periodical Nature, could lead to the development of new medicines and vaccines against malaria. – Jyllands-Posten

Health sector under scrutiny

The health minister, Astrid Krag (Socialistisk Folkeparti), has proposed an overhaul of the supervisory protocol of the entire health sector, from employees to medicinal products. Under Krag's plan, an independent team of international experts would examine health systems and make recommendations. – Berlingske

Truckers threaten to leave Denmark

A tax being levied on foreign subcontractors in the trucking industry could result in many Danish truck drivers leaving the country. The tax is expected to cost the trucking industry billions of kroner and truckers say that it could decimate the trucking business. A number of transport companies already operate just across the border in Sweden or German. That number could increase under the new tax. – Børsen

DSB looking at new trains

The transport ministry is close to inking a deal that would put 15 new trains on Danish rails by 2015. The trains, which would be updated versions of the Bombardier ‘Øresund’ trains currently in use between Helsingør and Sweden, will replace some of the unreliable Italian-made IC4 trains currently in service.  – Ingeniøren

Danes should emulate eastern Europeans

Industry organisation Dansk Erhverv said that unemployed Danish workers should emulate their Eastern European colleagues and be willing to work for lower pay when starting a new job. Dansk Erhverv’s announcement comes following a report showing that eight out of ten temporary employees earning the least while working in Denmark come from Eastern Europe. – DR News

Danes disappointing in Georgian warm-up

Denmark disappointed in their 2-1 friendly victory against Georgia in Aalborg yesterday. Nicklas Pedersen scored after a keeper mistake before Christian Eriksen sealed the win with a free kick with two minutes left in the match. The side performed poorly in front of the historically sparse crowd and many questions remain ahead of the important World Cup qualifier against Armenia next week. –

  • 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.