A New Direction for Collective Agreements in Denmark?
This paper will describe and discuss recent trends in collective agreements in Denmark, against the background of declining union density and declining collective bargaining coverage (albeit still at quite high levels). One important innovation has been the introduction of individual choice in collective agrements. This kind of innovation has been highly controversial in the union movement, but in 2007, the bargaining parties in manufacturing decided to take something of a leap ahead with respect to opportunities of individual choice by employees. The paper will describe the novel employee rights thus embedded in the collective agreements and discuss whether this represents a true change in the nature of collective agreements, more relevant in our globalized ‘era of choice'.