Unions mobilise over threat to public holiday


Trade unions across all sectors are backing protest action against the proposal by the government to abolish a longstanding public holiday – the great prayer day that falls on the first Friday after Easter. Over 50,000 people joined a protest in Copenhagen and over 450,000 have signed a petition against the abolition. Public service workers featured as speakers at the protest rally, underlining the importance for a day of rest for those facing heavy and stressful workloads. The trade unions are not only angry about the loss of the public holiday but also the fact that the government has put forward the measure without any attempt to negotiate with the trade unions and so threatening to undermine a key aspect of the Danish model of industrial relations.

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