The government and the Red Greens have agreed to increase efforts to stop
social dumping, among other initiatives by enabling the Danish Working
Environment Authority to issue immediate fines to foreign companies who
contravene employment rules.
Social dumping is the malpractice by which some foreign companies ignore
Danish employment laws in order to under-bid Danish companies.
Last week, Employment Minister Mette Frederiksen (SocDem) announced increased
monitoring of foreign companies in, among others, the building, cleaning and
“Let me say that foreign companies are generally very welcome here in Denmark.
But it has been too easy for a minority to get around the Danish rules.
Danish businesses should not be prone to unfair competition from people who
do not follow the rules,” Frederiksen says.
The Red Greens are delighted with the new agreement, which they say will
provide more jobs for Danes.
“We have thousands of unemployed Danish construction workers because foreign
companies operate in the country illegally,” Red Green Labour Market
Spokesman Finn Sørensen tells DR.
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