FTF - Trade Union Confederation of Professionals
FTF has many different kinds of members, nurses, bank staff, bioanalysts, policemen, hall managers,actors & physiotyherapists are all typical examples of members of FTF; three out of four FTF'ers work in the public sector. Typical FTF'ers have one thing in common: they all work with people, be they customers, pupils, patients or clients. FTF'ers are on the frontline when it comes to giving citizens good service and solid welfare benefits. They play a major role in Denmark's welfare society. A typical FTF'er has had a short or medium-term training or education and occupies a middle position in society as regards salary and pension benefits. Most FTF'ers are covered by a collective agreement mutually reached with the employers.
The Danish labour market is based on collective agreements between employee and employer organisations. Only in the rare instances where the parties involved in the labour market fail to agree on new agreements on pay and conditions does the state intervene to pass legislation. This model is feasible because Denmark enjoys high union membership with over 80 percent of Danish wage earners members of a trade union.
Individual workers are not members of FTF, but of one of the approximately 90 trade unions or federations which are affiliated under FTF. As an umbrella organisation FTF's role is to support affiliated unions in their ongoing endeavour to improve the pay and working conditions of members. FTF does this through cooperation with employers, politicians and the general public in order to guarantee its members a better working life and an improved level of social welfare.For use in its work FTF collects information, carries out work on analyses and documentation; consultants representing FTF are active on political committees and councils involved in labour market policy and education and training.
In cooperation with LO (Denmark's Trades Union Confederation), FTF has set up a Developmental Aid Secretariat which provides trade unions in the Third World with  general assistance, economic help and expertise.
On the international front, FTF is a member of ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation), ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation), TUAC (Trade Union Advisory Committee) and NFS (The Nordic Trade Union Confederation).

FTF has approximately 90 affiliated organizations. The five largest calculated by number of members are:
The Danish Union of Teachers (Danmarks Lærerforening)
The Danish Nurses Organization (Dansk Sygeplejeråd)
The Danish National Federation of Early Childhood Teachers and Youth Educators (BUPL)
The Financial Services Union (Finansforbundet)
Danish Association of Social Workers (Dansk Socialrådgiverforening)

Contact information

Niels Hemmingsens Gade 12
Postboks 1169
1010 København K.

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Fax: +45 33 36 88 80

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Internet: www.ftf.dk