Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 1 1999, page 61-76.
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EU directives and Danish industrial relation

Herman Knudsen og Jens Lind

Labour market regulation in Denmark is traditionally characterised by voluntarism dominated by the central organisations of labour and capital and supported by state legislation. Regulation at the European Union level in the form of directives has been seen as a threat to this system, and employer organisations as well as trade unions are relatively sceptical towards European regulation. This article in par-ticular analyses the attitudes and policies of the trade union movement. Trade unions have strongly favoured implementation of directives through collective agreements rather than legislation, and it has been a general concern to avoid that EU regulation affects the national regulation system in any significant way. This means that Danish trade unions have often only half-heartedly supported, and at times even op-posed, the political objectives of the Euro-pean trade union movement. The article critically assesses the policy of the Danish unions and the assumptions it is based on.

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