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Vestas workers strike after dissatisfaction with wage agreement

The strike is considered illegal according to Danish law, which stipulates that a walk-out may only take place if labor unions and employers fail to reach agreement.

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Workers at Vestas' factories in Ringkøbing and Lem, Denmark, have gone on strike after being dissatisfied with the agreement made between their labor union and employer, confirms domestic union 3F in a comment to media TV Midtvest.

"Employees are unhappy with the salary negotiations and have therefore decided to walk out despite the fact that this is what we call an illegal strike," says Henning Boye Christensen from 3F Ringkøbing to the media.

Christensen is not currently on site at Vestas' plants, but he says workers are blocking the entrance to the facilities, where they refuse to resume work.

A local labor union representative on location is in the process of informing the personnel that the strike is illegal.

"Our representative is busy explaining the illegality of their actions, and that they must continue working. They risk receiving fines for each the day the company is without its labor power," Christensen says.

Danish labor law stipulates that the strike is illegal because walk outs may only take place if union and employee negotiators fail to reach an agreement. Because the delegated negotiators did settle on an accord, the strike is considered illegal.

The agreement the workers dispute is a so-called central labor agreement on minimum wages, meaning several parties such as The Confederation of Danish Industry, 3F, and labor union HK have come to an agreement on the minimum wage level.

It's then up to individual union representatives at various companies to negotiate wages at each business.

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

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