Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no.3 1999, page 31-46.
New forms of cooperation between management and employees in the state sector
Karin Mathiesen og Hans Hvenegaard
This article discusses several pilot projects carried out by Danish state institutions to extend employee participation through changes in the structure, competencies and task areas within workplace cooperation committees and safety organizations. The pilot projects were initiated by employer and employee organisations and took place over a three-year period from 1995 to 1998. In extending these projects, the employers and employees' organisations agreed in 1999 to prolong the existing cooperation agreement as well as concluded a framework agreement which allows for new ways of organising cooperation and safety activities. The article raises a series of questions about the possibilities and difficulties for employees in formulating their viewpoints regarding the development of work and the institutions in which work takes place.