Here is the new collective agreement for employees in the Danish state sector

A rise in your real income, a new savings account and better parental leave conditions are among the results of the state collective bargaining negotiations in OK24. Get an overview here.

On Sunday 11 February 2024, we have entered into an agreement on a new 2-year collective agreement for IDA's approx. 10,000 members employed in the state sector. 

Malene Matthison-Hansen, IDA's political negotiation chief at OK24 and chairperson of the Council of Employees, has the following to say about the process:

"The negotiations have been long and difficult, but we are pleased that we managed to secure an improvement of real income. This was the absolute top priority for IDA's members.

I would also like to highlight a completely new savings account, which gives the individual the opportunity to finance, for example, breaks from working or a switch of career paths. IDA's members demand flexibility, and the savings account offers some new options for this.

In the negotiations, we had also put a lot of effort into establishing a reasonable framework for overtime and limitless work. But unfortunately, despite tough negotiations, it has been very, very difficult to get a result on this.”

The agreement between the Academics (the confederation of professional organisations which includes IDA) and the Ministry of Finance contains, among other things:

  • A salary framework of 8.8%, giving general salary increases of 5.9% in 2024 and 1.7% in 2025.
  • The pension is increased by 0.97%, which can be paid out as salary or deposited into a savings account in 2025 at your choice.
  • A completely new element in the form of a savings account where you can choose between pension, salary and savings for periods of further education etc.
  • A new agreement on saving time off. The agreement gives employees the opportunity to save time off in lieau and special holiday days for later use.
  • Improved parental leave conditions that ensure better and more equal parental leave rights and, among other things, provides 3 more weeks with full pay for fathers, co-mothers and adoptive parents, as well as several weeks with full pay for solo parents and parents of twins.
  • The state skills fund will be continued, so that members still have the opportunity to apply for funds for continuing and further education.
  • In the Education and research area, the salary and employment conditions for scientific staff have been improved, among other things in relation to parental leave provisions and the possibility of extending the employment for Ph.D. students.

Read: Akademikerne's agreement (in Danish)

Parts of the negotiations concerning the state sector take place via the cooperation organisation Centralorganisationernes Fælles Udvalg (CFU). Here IDA is included as part of Akademikerne.

Read: CFU's agreement (in Danish)

We are still negotiating with municipalities and regions

Negotiations continue with employers in municipalities and regions. Hopefully we can reach agreements in both areas before the end of February.

Voting on the way - your vote is important

When all agreements are in place, the result will be sent to an indicative vote among all IDA's public employee members.

Voting takes place online, and you will receive an email with a personal link to vote. We expect it to be during March.

Yes or no - what happens next?

On the basis of the members' votes, IDA's political committee, the Council of Employees, decides, on the recommendation of IDA Public Sector, whether the OK24 result should be approved or not.

IDA reports to the umbrella organisation Akademikerne whether we can approve the result. The other academic unions do the same.

The academics then decide on the overall result from all the academic unions, and so does our cooperation organisation in the state area, CFU (Central Organisations' Joint Committee).

Only then will we know whether the agreements on new collective agreements have been finally approved and can enter into force as of 1 April.

If there is no overall agreement on the outcome among the academic unions, the next step may be to send a conflict notice to the employers. In that situation, you will of course be notified directly about the further course of action and what it means for you.

OK24 - What is it?

OK24 refers to the collective bargaining process between employers and trade unions in early 2024.

Find out what it means to you in our FAQ