The OK18

The OK18 (2018 collective agreements)


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.

Financial support for members in the form of loans during 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.

Important to IDA

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:

  • Terms for members who take out a strike loan are the same as if funds were paid out as compensation for non-payment of salary, since their fees will be reduced while they pay off the loan
  • A loan model will make the strike fund last longer than a compensation model according to which strike benefits are taxable income. The fact that industrial action would be able to last approximately twice as long if a loan model is applied may have an impact on the result of the negotiations
  • It will be less costly after the industrial action to replenish the strike fund for future negotiations, and this is an advantage for all of IDA’s members
  • Differentiating fees after the industrial action enables members in category 2 (employees) to contribute equally to the strike, even though the members affected by the strike will have to take out a loan

Facts about the loan agreement

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.

Read about the Strike Loans

Special cases

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.

Guidelines on industrial action and Q&A

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.

Questions

If you have any questions about the above, you are welcome to contact IDA at ok18@ida.dk