In addition, the main agreement offers employers and workers in the sector the following benefits: Lucio Trentini, Seifsa`s business manager, says the agreement is important because, of all parties to the negotiation, it confirms the devastating effects of the Covid 19 pandemic on the businesses and livelihoods of workers in an economy already in recession before the pandemic. The agreement provides for legally binding and comprehensive conditions of employment, including minimum wage structures for all workers whose jobs are described in the agreement. The main agreement contains 38 separate technical schedules, each of which applies to a particular subsector of the industry. These technical calendars detail the specific tasks, tasks and technical activities of employees in the direct production process in these sectors. “The agreement gives our industry the opportunity to preserve jobs and seeks solutions that help reverse not only the fate of the sector, but also the economy as a whole,” said Trentini. A collective agreement is an agreement between two parties on the working conditions applicable to workers in a particular company or sector. In Denmark, neither Danish nor foreign companies are legally required to respect or enter into a collective agreement. One of the fundamental principles in Denmark is that trade unions have the right to enter into collective agreements with employers and employers` organisations. Unions can take different types of collective action to reach an agreement with an employer. You can also see it as a foreign employer with people who have been deployed to Denmark.
The five unions that signed the agreement are the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, Solidarity, the United Association of South Africa, the Metal and Electrical Workers Union of South Africa and the South African Equity Workers Association. In accordance with Section 6 bis of the Worker Detachment Act, a number of conditions must be met to enable Danish trade unions to fight against foreign companies. The section also describes the maximum wage elements that may be required in the collective agreement. The collective agreement, adopted in accordance with the Labour Relations Act, now enjoys collective agreement status and marks a turning point in which enterprise and work together recognize the devastating effects of the Covid 19 pandemic on businesses and workers throughout the metallurgical and mechanical engineering sector, says Seifsa. A company can also apply to a Danish employers` organisation and apply for membership, so that it is covered by the same collective agreement as the employer organisation concerned and its members. When the agreement is published in the government scoreboard, it becomes legally binding for all employers working in the sector and for workers who fall within the scope of the main agreement. Hence the next important question. To be legal, a labour dispute requires in principle that the union concerned has a reasonable professional interest in seeking a collective agreement.