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Work doesn’t pay for 151,000 Danes
According to new figures from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Interior, work simply doesn’t pay for around 151,000 unemployed Danes who would gain no more than an estimated DKK 2,000 a month if they took a job. Of those, 58,000 get DKK 1,000 less a month if they are on public benefits rather than having a job.
The explanation for the poor financial incentive to work is that unemployment benefit for low earners is relatively high.
The financial study by the ministry also shows that when the entitlement to unemployment benefit expires, usually after two years, the desire to find a job significantly increases.
For the vast majority of people, it does pay to work. In fact, the financial gain from working rather than being on public benefits is DKK 9,600 a month on average.
DA veto on working hours
Following months of silence, Denmark’s employers are now joining the battle over increased working hours. They will make a clear demand that working hours should only be increased by taking away ordinary holiday allowance or public holidays from employees, writes Politiken.
As a precondition for concluding a three-party agreement, Jørn Neergaard Larsen, president of the Confederation of Danish Employers (DA), is insisting that any initiatives relating to increased working hours should be voted through in the Danish Parliament.
To all intents and purposes, this only leaves the option of ordinary holiday allowance and public holidays. All other initiatives – such as moving more employees from part-time to full-time or extending the 37-hour working week – are excluded because they have to be changed through collective bargaining.
“If anything is agreed on working hours, it should be brought into effect solely by the Danish Parliament. That is crucial. It would be completely nonsensical to transfer a manoeuvre from the three-party negotiations to the collective agreements. We will not be party to that,” said Jørn Neergaard Larsen, who also wants the increased working hours to enter into force now.
The increase in working hours appears to be the major sticking point. Many factions in the trade unions are vehemently opposed to implementing an increase by taking away ordinary holiday allowance or public holidays.
However, Flemming Ibsen, a labour market researcher at Aalborg University, believes that today’s tough announcement suggests that the employers will ultimately get their way.
“This signal significantly narrows the scope for increasing working hours. It’s very simple: only the holidays act and public holidays are left. The employers have effectively vetoed all other options. And if the other party does not concur, there will be no three-party agreement,” Flemming Ibsen told Politiken.
Danes with two passports detained abroad
There is not a lot of help for Danes with dual nationality who are detained in their other country.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs receives many appeals from people who are unable to return to Denmark.
On their way back to Denmark after visiting their families, many people with dual nationality find that they are not allowed to travel.
“It may be, for example, that they have not completed their military service in their original home country,” says the Head of Consular Services at the Foreign Ministry, Ole Mikkelsen.
As the person being detained is also a citizen of the other country, there is little that the Danish authorities can do.
“Under international law, these countries are not obliged to provide what is known as consular access, in other words to allow our embassy or consulate to see them,” Mikkelsen explains.
The Ministry’s best advice is therefore to think carefully before booking the trip.
“We urge travelers to consider before setting off whether events in the past may prevent them from returning,” says Ole Mikkelsen.
Bankrupt Cimber Sterling bought
Three former senior executives of Cimber Sterling have bought the bankrupt company and started a new airline – Cimber A/S, according to check-in.dk.
The three concerned are Jørgen Nielsen, son of the original founder of Cimber Air, Alex Dyrgaard and Jacob Krogsgaard who was director of the company when it filed for bankruptcy.
According to the official receiver the new Cimber company will continue flying for, among others, SAS. A total of 114 jobs have been saved.
“SAS has entered into a robust and good agreement which is a major benefit to our customers. Until the bankruptcy, Cimber Sterling provided good quality and we are happy to be able to maintain that quality with the good Cimber staff who will continue to fly for SAS,” says SAS Chief Operating Officer Flemming Jensen.
The other part of the bankrupt CImber Sterling estate, involving aircraft maintenance and air data, is reported to have been sold to a company known as Mansvell.
In all, a total of 200 to 260 jobs have been saved.
“It has been a major jig-saw puzzle which was only able to be finished because of the backing and flexibility shown by all Cimber Sterling’s employees. Despite the goodwill shown from all, it has not been possible to save all jobs. That is unfortunate and on Wednesday all employees will receive letters with information regarding their positions,” the receiver writes in a news release quoted by check-in.dk.
A further 50 employees have transferred to the Jettime airline following that company’s purchase of two Boeing aircraft from the bankrupt Cimber Sterling.
Immigrants mainly from western countries
Most of the immigrants to Denmark in the First Quarter of 2011 were from western countries, and most of those who chose to immigrate into Denmark were young people between the ages of 20 and 29, according to the latest figures from Statistics Denmark.
According to the figures, Q1 saw immigration of 12,200 people into Denmark, 8,200 of whom were westerners and with 4,000 non-westerners. Some 4,700 Danish passport holders also decided to return to Denmark.
By far the predominant age group to move to Denmark in the period was those between the ages of 20 and 29, but there are large differences within the top-10 national groups as to whether younger people chose to come to the country. Of Filipino immigration, for example, 89 per cent of those who came were in the 20-29 age group, while Britons were at the other end of the scale with 35 per cent of their national group.
Overall, the First Quarter of 2012 saw immigration by 16,849 people, 534 more than the same quarter in 2011 and with western immigration increasing by 596 people compared to last year. Non-western immigration dropped by 507, and 445 more Danes chose to return to Denmark in the First Quarter of 2012 compared to 2011.
In total national figures, immigrants and their descendants in Denmark totalled 585,587 on April 1, 2012 or 10.5 per cent of the population. Some seven per cent of all immigrants and 20 per cent of all descendants of immigrants are originally from Turkey.
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