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A trade union can provide you with the support and guidance you need - and negotiates on your behalf to secure you the best possible working conditions.

Your general terms of employment are in many cases regulated by collective agreements made by the most important players of the Danish labour market: The trade unions and employer associations.

The trade union acts and negotiates on your behalf to secure you the best possible working conditions. This means that being a member of a trade union is common in Denmark and can provide you with a series of services you may need.

The trade union offers you guidance and legal support on important aspects such as your individual employment contract, your salary and issues like work related injuries or rehabilitation.

Membership and unemployment insurance

The membership of a trade union is not obligated by law. However, if you choose to become a member of a trade union the type of union will depend on your line of work and workplace.

Trade unions are also linked with various unemployment insurance funds. Having unemployment insurance is generally a good idea and you are not obligated to be a member of a trade union in order to sign up for unemployment insurance.

Trade union organisations

Find the relevant trade union for your line of Work at one of the 3 main organisations:

AC - Overview of member organisations (in Danish)

LO - Overview of member organisations (in English)

FTF - Overview of member organisations(in Danish)

Selections of trade unions with English websites

Ida - The Danish Society of Engineers in Denmark

Djøf - Association of academics

Dadl - the Danish Medical Association

Pharmadanmark - Association of Professionals in Pharmaceutical Science

3f - The United Federation of Danish Workers

Foa - Trade and Labour

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