Domestic workers: The au-pair scheme
A Danish survey on the conditions for au pairs is now available. It is based on years of cooperation between The Danish Union of Public Employees and PhD Helle Stenum from Aalborg University. The survey examines the migrants from the Philippines, in particular, and their use of the au pair scheme in Denmark.
Among other things, the FOA-report concludes that:
The au pair scheme rarely serves as a means for cultural exchange any longer but works as a migration programme for domestic workers from third world countries.
The au pairs who move here are often providers or co-providers for families in their home country.
Equal opportunities: Equal Pay Strategy
Equal pay between men and women on the Danish labour market has still not been ensured. There is a need for mapping out potential barriers and opportunities in relation to collective agreements, the system of labour law and labour market legislation as well as an analysis of the influence of wage formation in the different wage groups. This work is to provide a basis for developing a strategy for eliminating the gender pay gap. LO will strive to close the gender pay gap and formulate requirements for optimum legislation on equal pay.
LO has prepared an Equal Pay Strategy which has been translated into English and can be downloaded here.
Equal opportunities' accounts
LO has prepared equal opportunities' accounts dealing with trade union policy and organisation in relation to equal opportunities. Among others, these accounts include an overview of movements in representation by gender in LO and its affiliated unions, the registration of the number of participants in skills development on gender and mainstreaming, mainstreaming projects and other equal opportunities projects and results. read more
04. august 2005