Tripartite negotiations deliver major boost for public sector pay

Denmark

Public sector unions have welcomed the outcome of negotiations with the employers and government which have delivered a package of pay-related measures backed with DKK 6.8 billion (€910 million) of funding. A number of different groups of workers across the public sector will benefit, particularly those affected by major staff shortages. Around DKK 1.3 billion (€170 million) will go into health and elder care, for example. The package will have a wider impact than anticipated as, in addition to the higher pay for occupations like nurses, care workers, social educators and prison staff, a much broader group of workers will benefit from the DKK 2 billion (€270 million) that will cover higher allowances for working unsocial hours. Other unions whose members are less affected have also welcomed the deal, including HK Kommunal, HK Stat and DS. The measures are set to be fully implemented by 2026 and are entirely separate from the public sector-wide pay negotiations which are already in preparation and that will lead to new three-year agreements next Spring.

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