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(en) Denmark, Copenhagen, Radical winds in the danish union movement

From Mikael Altemark <altemark@home.se>
Date Mon, 16 Dec 2002 10:50:54 -0500 (EST)

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>From www.yelah.net

Danish LO has cancelled their funding of the social democrat party 
and the radical union activists in for example Fagligt Ansvar 
(Union Responsibility) and the newly formed Danish Syndicalist
Network inside LO smells morning air.

Yesterday John Jakobsen, representative of the Stilladsarbejderne 
and Ken Fischer, active in the union at Kastrup airport met with 
three syndicalists in an international labour discussion. The 
arrangers of the seminar at the NGO-centre were the Union 
Group of Danish SUF, Socialist Youth Front.

There is much going on the Danish union movement right now. 
This winter Danish LO has cancelled their subsidies of the 
socialdemocrats as a consequence of a radical dissatisfaction
 with detoriating labour rights. There is also a discussion 
of fusing with danish confederation of professional employees.

The syndicalist representants from Spanish CGT, French CNT and 
Swedish SAC turned out to have a lot in common with the two 
danes of the panel. That the struggle against the privatisation 
and the individual wage setting now must be put high on the list 
of priorities was something that everyone on the panel agreed 
on as well as the fact that must be greater international 
coordination for radical union struggle. John Jakobsen gave 
examples of direct actions that he and his co-workers had 
carried out.

After a Hungarian in the audience wondered how the right-turn 
of the European social democracy had affected the union movement 
Jakobsen encouraged eastern European radicals to be inspired by 
syndicalism in their struggle to establish strong independent 
unions in the home countries. In Denmark there is no 
syndicalist union.

- The situation in Denmark is different to that of Eastern Europe. 
We have almost a 100 per cent membership figure to LO and competing 
unions in the same branches do not exist. That is why we believe 
that radical union activists must seek to affect LO instead of breaking 
out and now after the LO funding [to the social democrats] has been 
suspended we hope that all ties to social democracy are going to be 

Stefan Bergmark, www.yelah.net
Transl M. Altemark

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