DA works towards improving the Danish labour market by influencing the social partners and relevant authorities and thereby make it attractive to work and operate a company in Denmark in a globalised world.
The work of DA has four objectives:
- To coordinate its member organisations’ renewal of collective agreements and provide support in the ongoing administration of these agreements, for example, collective agreements relating to schemes such as maternity funds and skills funding.
- To assist with and resolve disputes between employer and employees.
- To influence the relevant decision-making processes in matters relating to labour market policy.
- To provide services to its member organisations and their member companies, such as wage statistics and working environment training courses.
DA represents the interests of members on several levels, all of which are naturally inter-connected. At national level, DA represents the employers’ points of view in relation to the Danish parliament, the government, the central administration and employees’ organisations. At regional level, DA is represented in the employment councils. In partnership with the rest of the organisation, DA’s secretariat in Brussels has focus on joint interests of employers vis-à-vis the EU institutions and within the European Social Dialogue.
DA does not participate directly in the ongoing agreement negotiations but must ensure the necessary and adequate coordination between the member organisations when the parties enter into new agreements. The conclusion of a collective agreement by a member organisation is subject to DA’s approval.
DA supports the member organisations in their endeavours to ensure the companies have the maximum room for manoeuvre. Where regulation is necessary, DA works to ensure that, as far as possible, this is done by means of agreements with the individual employer or the employers collectively as a party.
A well-functioning labour market helps maintain and strengthen the companies’ competitiveness. Therefore, it is important for employers to avoid conflicts and resolve them as quickly as possible when they arise. DA helps them do this.
DA’s policies and overarching strategies are decided together with the members’ organisations, for example, through their appointment of members to the executive committee and management board and to the policy groups within the individual areas.