Dansk El-Forbund in English

Electrician, welcome to Denmark! Remember to check up on your collective agreement.

Electricians working at Danish workplaces have a number of rights that are laid down in collective agreements. In case you work for a company, which is covered by a collective agreement, you have the same rights as your Danish colleagues. If the company does not have a collective agreement the officers in the Danish Union for Electricians will negotiate a collective agreement as soon as possible.

Who are we?

We are the trade union for electricians working in Denmark. We assemble electricians working in Denmark and we are your representative and advisor about rights and possibilities on the Danish labour market. The union and our local branches negotiates your salary and assists you, if you have questions about salary, other rights and agreements, if you get injured while working or if problems arise at the working place.

Most Danes are members of an unemployment fund, which will ensure an income in the case of unemployment. You can also become a member of The Electricians Unemployment Fund when you contact the Danish Union for Electricians.

Check up on your collective agreement
Collective Agreements
In Denmark it is not the government but the social partners that agree upon the regulations of the labour market. The regulations are written in an agreement between your union and an employers’ organization / your company. In Denmark there is no statutory minimum wage. Therefore, you always need to know for which company you work, and whether your employer has a collective agreement. In this regard the local branch of the Danish Union for Electricians is always ready to help and guide you. Your employer may have agreed a collective agreement either as a member of an employer’s organization or as an accession agreement directly with the Danish Union for Electricians. Contact the local branch of the Danish Union for Electricians to know the specifics for your employer. In case of no collective agreement the local branch will negotiate and sign a collective agreement with your employer.
Contract of Employment
In Denmark you must have an employment contract containing: name, address, telephone number, CPR/CVR-number, type of pay – hourly or piecework, date of commencement, and info regarding collective agreement. The employment contract must be signed in two copies by your employer and yourself.
Salary and minimum wage
Your salary should be composed of the minimum wage based on the collective agreement plus a result of a local negotiation. In Denmark the minimum wage does not mean it is the minimum wage you may receive. On the contrary it is the lowest possible ground of departure upon which a further amount should be paid based on local negotiation between your employer and the shop steward or the local branch of the Danish Union for Electricians. You will get facts about the level of salaries in the area where you work by contacting the local branch of the Danish Union for Electricians.
Pay checks
Each employee working for a company covered by a collective agreement must receive a pay check at every payroll. The pay check must include information such as hourly pay, working hours, overtime pay, holiday pay, sick pay, pensions pay and compensation for loss of earnings on public holidays. If you see “on-account-amount” on your pay check, you must check whether it corresponds to the amount that has actually been paid to you in cash.
Working hours
Working hours are normally fixed at 37 hours per week and must be between 6 AM and 6 PM from Monday till Friday. Other working hours must be agreed in writing between employee and employer. Remember to keep a record of how many hours and where you work. Write it down in a calendar or keep a copy of the weekly timesheet you submit your employer.
Overtime and weekend work
If you work more than 37 hours a week or on the weekend, you are normally entitled to extra payment in addition to your hourly pay. Typically, you get +50 % payment the first three hours of overtime and +100 % for the rest. Remember that you must receive payment for ALL the hours you work. If you have made special working agreements with your employer with more than 37 hours a week, it is a good idea to have it checked by the local branch of the Danish Union for Electricians.
Occupational pension and health care
If your employer is a member of an employer’s organization or is covered by an accession agreement you are covered by a pension scheme. The total contribution is in most cases 12 % of your total monthly pay, of which you must pay 4 % yourself, while the rest is paid by your employer. Many pension funds offer a healthcare scheme which means you may have access to free treatments such as massage or physiotherapy. There is also a range of insurances associated with you pension e.g. in case of your death or critical illness. The local branch of the Danish Union for Electricians can inform you about the rules for your company and collective agreement.
Holiday allowance
According to Danish law you may have the right to allowance during holiday. The allowance is calculated on the basis of your pay in the previous year and is equivalent to 12.5 % of your pay. The vesting period is from January 1 until December 31. The holiday period is from May 1 until April 30 the following year. The Parliament has passed a new law on holiday allowance taking effect in 2020.


 

Do you have any questions?

There are a lot more rules and rights, which are not described here. In case you need to know more or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the local branch of the Danish Union for Electricians. Telephone and email contact may be in Danish or English. We treat all inquiries confidentially.

Bornholm+45 56 95 70 82bornholm@def.dk
Funen+45 66 12 52 05fyn@def.dk
Copenhagen+45 35 86 50 00kbh@def.dk
Little Belt+45 76 42 43 50lillebelt@def.dk
Central Jutland+45 97 41 33 55 / +45 86 43 82 46midtjylland@def.dk
North Jutland+45 96 31 46 00nordjylland@def.dk
North Zealand+45 48 22 01 60nordsj@def.dk
Storstrøm+45 55 37 42 18storstrom@def.dk
Southern Jutland+45 75 13 39 66sydjylland@def.dk
West Zealand+45 46 30 42 50vestsj@def.dk
East Jutland+45 86 75 25 00ostjylland@def.dk