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A short introduction to Danish trade unions

Danish trade unions can be divided into the so-called yellow trade unions, which are not part of a central organisation and traditional trade unions. Here is a brief introduction and links to price comparisons for Danish trade unions.
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This information is for EU citizens only.

What is a Danish trade union

A Danish trade union consists of an association of people receiving salaries within the same industry or professional area. Trade unions are part of lager unions (fagforbund, fagorganisation/faglig organisation). They negotiate salary and employment conditions on behalf of their members. Additionally, they recruit and train trustees and give advice to their members with regard to professional and personal problems in the workplace.

Traditional and "yellow" trade unions

A "yellow" trade union, called a “gult fagforbund” in Danish, organizes salaried employees and self-employed workers in the various professional areas into the same trade union and is not part of a central organisation. "Yellow" trade unions also have lower charges than the more traditional trade unions.

 

The differences between "yellow" trade unions and traditional trade unions:

  • "Yellow" trade unions do not negotiate agreements with employers
  • Traditional trade unions negotiate agreements for their members (salaried employees)
  • "Yellow" trade unions organise their members into a trade union
  • Traditional trade unions organize their members into different organisations - according to profession or industry

 

"Yellow" trade unions: Business Danmark Danmarks Frie Fagforening, Det Faglige Hus, Frie Funktionærer, Kristelig Fagforening (KRIFA).