A dispute between SiD (The Danish Union for Unskilled Workers) NNF (The Danish Food & Allied Workers Union), KAD (The Danish Women Workers’ Union) and Danske Mejerister (The Danish Dairy Technicians’ Union) and Mejeribrugets Arbejdsgiverforening (The Association of Danish Dairy Employers) has now been settled.
On 26 November, 10,000 dairy technicians, dairy workers and drivers will receive an extraordinary payment of DKK 3.40 per working hour for the period 29 September 2003 to 26 September 2004. As the employer of the majority of the 10,000 employees, Arla Foods will incur extra costs of approx. DKK 40 million.
The conflict arose when the average wage in The Confederation of Danish
Employers’ 2002 wage statistics for processing and machine operators rose more than expected because 17,000 higher paid butchers were included. The hourly wage for this group thus increased by DKK 7.92 instead of DKK 3.67.
While initially, the Association of Danish Dairy Employers refused to recognise the increase, the Court of Arbitration in September overruled the employers’ decision. Since then, employers and labour organisations have held a series of meetings to discuss the details of the settlement.
Personnel Manager Lars Kaae, Arla Foods, says that the decision will cause a substantial amount of administrative work because the supplementary payment must be calculated for each employee on the basis of the number of working hours.
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