Collective Agreement in the Danish State Sector (2011 - 2013) 

Udgivet: 28-09-2011 | Redigeret: 31-08-2016


The social partners in the state sector signed an agreement on the night of Saturday 14 February.

The agreement runs 2 years, from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2013. The agreed economic frame is 3,15 pct. all of which are allocated to general wage increases.

Pay Rises in the Public Sector

The agreed pay rises in the public sector in the last period (2008 - 2011) were historically high (12,8 pct). But then came the economic crisis and pay developments stopped in the privat sector. As pay developments in the public sector are linked to pay developments in the private sector via the so-called regulatory mechanism, the unions had a debt of 1,48 pct. when negotiations started. The agreed pay rise the first year is precisely 1,48 pct., but will not appear on the salary statement as it is used to clear the debt. The agreed pay rise the second year is 1,7 pct. and corresponds to the Ministry of Finance´s estimate of the price movement in 2012. So whilst it has not been possible to ensure real wages in the first year, the agreement ensures real wages in the second year.

CFU Wards off Core Demands from the Ministry of Finance

The Central Federation of State Employees´ Organisations (CFU) managed to ward off the core demands of the Ministry of Finance. These were demands regarding further decentralisation of wages and demands regarding increasing working time and introducing more flexible working time arrangements, such as the introduction of a one year norm period, no longer having to have plus-time agreements approved by shop stewards and advertising positions of up to 48 hours a week.


Important results for OAO are improvements in the pension schemes for those with the lowest pensions, and containing the right of disposal over own funds for competence development, thereby ensuring courses that are tailored to the OAO groups and a continuous focus on workers with a short formal education.

HKKF (the union of constables and corporals) have agreed to increase their retirement age by two years, from 60 to 62 years. The prison officers´ union have agreed to abolish their duty to retire at the age of 63, but have maintained it as a right against a 1 pct. pension deduction. Agreements have also been signed by the other unions organising statutory civil servants with a lower compulsory retirement age, i.e. the police union and the two other soldier unions. If the unions in question had not managed to conclude agreements, then Parliament would be obliged to pass legislation on the compulsory retirement age of statutory civil servants and a law would definitely have been less favorable than the agreements.

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