Negotiations are now in full swing, and IDA is working hard to achieve a satisfactory result for its members. However, these are difficult negotiations. Naturally, we hope they will not end in industrial action but, recently, we at IDA and the other organisations in the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations have prepared ourselves for the possibility of industrial action.
Industrial action has its cost. Regardless of how we provide our members with financial support during industrial action, it will cost IDA’s members money to replenish the strike fund. The strike fund provides members with financial support during industrial action.
We and the Confederation of Professional Associations have taken our cue from the schoolteachers’ experiences in 2013 when employers staged a lockout. The Danish Union of Teachers introduced a loan model to make their strike fund stretch further. They also drew up a repayment model which ensured that the members of the Union of Teachers were just as well off as if the funds had been paid out as compensation for non-payment of salary.
All of the organisations in the Confederation of Professional Associations have therefore decided to offer strike loans as an option.
It is important to IDA that members are just as well off with a model whereby funds are paid out as a loan as they would be if paid strike benefits. It is also important to IDA that a loan model is designed in such a way that members are given the option to borrow an amount approximately equal to the net salary they will lose if they are not in work.
After industrial action, fees for members who have been selected to strike, and who have taken a loan, will be reduced while they pay off the loan.
Principal arguments for the loan model:
It is important to stress that this is a loan. The precise model has not yet been finalised, since the board of the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, on which IDA is represented and brings its influence to bear, must first decide on the framework for the loan model.
IDA will decide whether to use a loan model and how the loan scheme should be designed for IDA’s members. It is important to IDA that members are just as well off with a model whereby funds are paid out as a loan as they would be if paid strike benefits.
What is your position if, for example, you retire or lose your job during the term of the loan? We will clarify these issues as soon as possible. However, as far as IDA is concerned, it is important that the model takes these special circumstances into account so that no-one is disadvantaged by a strike loan model.
You can follow IDA’s OK18 negotiations at IDA’s OK18 website
You will also find guidelines on industrial action and Q&A here, explaining what industrial action will mean for you.
If you have any questions about the above, you are welcome to contact IDA at firstname.lastname@example.org