About DA

The Confederation of Danish Employers (DA), founded in 1896, is a non-profit organisation funded by subscriptions from member organisations.

DA represents 14 employers’ organisations with a membership of more than 28,000 Danish private companies in manufacturing, retail, transport, services and construction.

DA's main activities are the following:

  • coordination of collective agreements
  • employment policy and skills
  • occupational health and safety
  • labour law
  • international industrial relations
  • monitoring in terms of analysis and statistics on wages, absenteeism, conflicts, etc.

DA’s objective is to influence national, regional and international policy-makers in order to increase the competitiveness of Danish companies and their access to a skilled labour force.

Over the past 15-20 years, DA has through collective bargaining agreements and support for political labour market reforms contributed to developing flexicurity. As a precondition for competitive Danish companies in a global world, DA continuously works to further develop a flexicurity 2nd generation.

Read more about flexicurity 2nd generation by clicking on the links to the right.

In Denmark

At the national level, DA represents the interests of its member organisations in relation to the political system. As regards labour market regulation, DA is there to ensure the effective coordination of mutual interests when collective agreements are negotiated. DA is not a direct party in the continuous bargaining, but must ensure the necessary and sufficient coordination among our member organisations, when they conclude new agreements. Any conclusion of a collective agreement is subject to the approval of DA.

In keeping with the Danish tradition for regulating the labour market through collective agreement rather than legislation, DA supports and promotes the use of collective bargaining and considers it vital to ensure that labour markets are regulated through collective agreements as far as possible.

In Europe

At EU-level, DA supports and promotes the use of the Social Dialogue rather than regulation. In the long-term DA works to ensure that necessary structural reforms are completed in the EU.

DA wants the European labour law to function as framework legislation which allows each EU-country or the social partners to complete this framework of EU directives.

DA is member of the European employers and business organisation BUSINESSEUROPE. Furthermore, DA nominates a member to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), and also holds a seat on the Social Dialogue Committee.

In a global world

The international interests are an integral part of DA's work.

At international level, DA is a member of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and the OECD’s Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC).

DA’s offices

Head Office of the Confederation of Danish Employers: Vester Voldgade 113, DK-1790 Copenhagen, Denmark

Brussels representation of the Confederation of Danish Employers: Avenue de Cortenbergh 168, BE-1000 Brussels, Belgium

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