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Gloomy outlook for Danish Manufacturing sector – steps to improve the sector proposed

Monday, 22 August 2011
Since 1960, the number of employees in manufacturing companies in Denmark have halved from 650,000 to 330,000. And the trend will continue if information from Danish industrial officials and executives were to reflect that reality.

A new study by Danish Industri (DI) and trade unions in CO-Industri has made shows that four out of ten managers and union representatives in the sector estimated that Danish companies will create even more jobs in China, India and other low cost countries over the next four years.

“Jobs and the manufacturing sector are vital. Over half of our exports come from manufacturing. Production is a pre-requisite in which we can have development and research taking place in Denmark, says Karsten Dybvad, managing director of Industrial organization,  DI reports radio Denmark.


Recently, DI is struggling with unions in CO-Industri against each other on collective bargaining.
But now the two organizations have highly unusual come together and have identified ten points to ensure that in future, the industrial production could regain foot hold in Denmark.

The suggestions include, for example that, better education and research, and improved infrastructure. “We must have to do something about our training and we also to do more on higher education. We must at all aim to raise our level of knowledge,” says Karsten Dybvad to radio Denmark.

The ten points will be presented at a conference this afternoon, where both Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen and the Social Democratic leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt will be present.

“We are sending a signal about some conditions which we have agreed with trade unions on, and we believe that a government regardless of party affiliations should take part in a new government platform,” said Karsten Dybvad.
By Scancomark.se Team

Key Danish Facts
Official Name Kingdom of Denmark
King Margrethe II
Prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen
Population 5.5 Million
Capital City Copenhagen
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  1dk = 100 ore
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