In April, a majority of Parliament voted to strengthen and restructure Denmark`s efforts to promote the working environment to prevent people from getting sick or burnout in the workplace. To achieve this target, the Danish Labour Environment Agency has allocated some DKK 460 million by 2022 (62 million euros as of 17 February 2020). The political agreement is based on the recommendations of the Expert Committee on the Evaluation of Workplace Efforts, which presented its recommendations in September 2018. Much of the agreement was implemented by a revision of the Workplace Act passed in December. A new law on consolidation on the psychosocial work environment has not yet been taken. In Denmark, there is no extension mechanism for collective agreements. The Works Council (Enterprise Committee) is the only private sector body to represent employees at the employment level. From a legal point of view, the Works Council is a body that must be set up in companies that systematically employ five or more workers. It exercises the statutory co-decision rights for workers in the workplace. Corporate committees can either be set up separately for workers and employees or represent both categories. An enterprise committee is elected by the staff – essentially by all employees of the company aged at least 18 years – for a five-year term (for all company committees established from 2017; for existing works councils, the existing mandate is four years) on the basis of proportional representation, the number of Board members being determined by the size of the staff.
With respect to the rights of information, consultation and participation of the Works Council, the employer is required to hold regular meetings with the Works Council and to keep it informed of personnel matters. The most important instrument for the expression of the participation rights of the Works Council in a certain spectrum of “social” business is the conclusion of an enterprise agreement between management and the Works Council. In Austria, there are no legal regulations on the minimum wage. Minimum wages are not set by law, but are set in sectoral/sectoral collective agreements. The rate of pay for the lowest-skilled group of workers determines the de facto minimum wage for the industry, which falls under the existing collective agreement. Since 2008, a monthly minimum wage of 1,000 euros (gross) has been set in almost all economic sectors. In 2010, the trade unions called for a minimum wage of 1,300 euros, in 2012 the women`s group of the GB asked for a minimum wage of 1,500 euros, in 2015 the union ran a campaign to raise the minimum wage to 1,700 euros in all collective agreements (two thirds of the median income).