unless you are a huge firm which can ignore the trade unions.
We live in a time where the jobs are few. A man bought a restraurant in the town of Vejle. He approach the Christian trade unions and made an agreement with them.
But 3F which is a larger sociallist trade union blocked the road to the restraurant and even told the local newspapers that they could risk that their newspaper would not be printed if they accepted adds from the restraurant. It is not difficult to understand that the journalists got some hints about how they should cover the case with the restraurant.
For now the conflict seems not to be solved unless the owner decides to shut his business down and put people into unemployment.
But if you are a larger firm, you can break the trade unions. Ryanair placed 100 jobs in Billund and 3F combined with another socialist trade union HK wanted to force Ryanair to surrender a deal with them. But Ryanair ignored them. When the trade unions wanted to block the entire airport the employees denied to participate. The employees know that we live in year 2012 and if the 100 jobs are not placed in Denmark, they would go to Germany or Sweden.
Another case was the computer-people in CSC which today are paid so low a salery that young people won’t educate themselves to a job where they will program computers. Interesting enough this time CSC was helped by HK to crush another socialist trade union named Prosa. So the interest of the employees are only served if they sign up with certain socialist trade unions. HK is an old socialist trade union back from the day where computers wasn’t even invented. Their members are working in shops and in offices and are among the lowest paid in Denmark. Even the celebration of the socialist movement on May 1st are they prevented from participation in because some have to sell the beers to the other workers.
HK doesn’t like computer work because computers remove jobs from the office people and it is their idea that a high skilled programmer should be paid the same salery as a shop worker. HK aided CSC and made the business as computer specialist to a way of living where you have to earn the money elsewhere like taking a second job.
Third there is the area of removing garbage. For many years the garbage in Copenhagen was removed by the firm R98. In fact they had a contract for 100 years. But the politicians in Copenhagen realized that by selling some part of the firm off they could get the workers to go for the salery 3F offered and that was a low one. The workhours was many and people can make it perhaps 10 or 20 years before they are worn down and ends up on a kind of disability service. Fact was that the only company which cared for the health of their employees was R98 but that time is over. Injury, hard work and in some cases death is the future the employees in that business and they can thank 3F for it.
There is a lot of politics involving the Danish Trade unions and some firms work for free for the bosses of 3F so they can get special conditions. Back in the days where 3F was known as SID the present chair man of 3F got a kitchen for free until the newspapers learned of the deal. First then the firm send a invoice. Some would call it corruption but this in Denmark and we don’t have corruption here, so the case was closed.
If you as an investor don’t want to do business with 3F and don’t have the size to ignore them like CSC and Ryanair, I would urge you to invest your money in a business in another country.