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New report sheds light on Danish social dialogue in social services

August 9, 2019

New report sheds light on Danish social dialogue in social services

The report outlines the main characteristics of the Danish social services sector and its different Collective Bargaining Agreements. It focuses on the different forms of social dialogue in social services and key issues that are discussed. Future prospects of social dialogue in social services are highlighted before the report moves to conclusions and recommendations.


Social Dialogue in Denmark builds on a more than 100-year-old tradition for collective bargaining between employers and trade unions. The dialogue is an integrated part of the Danish labour market model, often referred to as “The Danish model”. The system of social dialogue is based on voluntarism and is only encompassed by very little legislation. It is an on-going process taking place both formally and informally at all levels of government.

Interviews carried out for the study show that some of the key issues in the Danish social dialogue are: Working environment, types of employment, competency development of individual employees and education in general, digitisation and new technology as well as ethics and morality.

Read the full report in English here.

Read the full report in Danish here.

This report was published within the framework of the PESSIS+ project, supported by the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). The aim of the research done within PESSIS+ is to redress the lack of qualitative and quantitative data on labour and social dialogue issues in the social services sector, from the perspective of employers.

Find out more about the PESSIS+ project here.

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