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Working conditions

All employees on the Fehmarnbelt project are guaranteed proper working conditions. The work on the construction sites has to be in full compliance with the regulations and laws that apply where the work is performed. The German rules are followed in Germany and the Danish rules in Denmark.

Proper conditions at the construction sites

As a state-owned and socially responsible client, Femern A/S has ensured that contractors on the project meet responsibility requirements with regard to the environment, proper working conditions, safety, the working environment and employment of apprentices.

Pay and working conditions

Femern A/S has incorporated specific minimum requirements into construction contracts for proper pay and working conditions on construction sites in Denmark and Germany. The requirements on pay and working conditions are based on ILO Convention no. 94, the EU’s regulations and the State Treaty on a fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt.

Femern A/S' clause on pay and working conditions for employees in the Danish area lists a range of minimum requirements, including the minimum wage level. In Denmark, pay and working conditions are agreed between parties in the labour market. The minimum wage is regulated by law in Germany. 

IT IS EXPECTED THAT APPRENTICES WILL BE EMPLOYED FOR THE EQUIVALENT OF UP TO 500 MAN YEARS IN TOTAL OVER THE FEHMARNBELT PROJECT CONSTRUCTION PERIOD.

Did you know that...

... Femern A/S has incorporated specific minimum requirements on pay and working conditions in contracts on construction sites in both Denmark and Germany?

... Those directly employed at tunnel construction sites will largely be involved with soil and concrete tasks?

... Many apprentices have already been working on the Fehmarnbelt project? There had already been a total of 22 apprentice years by 1 November 2015.


Housing conditions

Several thousand workers will be living near the tunnel element factory in Rødbyhavn during the tunnel construction period. Many will be away from their families and cannot reasonably commute between home and the workplace.

As a result, Femern A/S has set requirements for contractors on good accommodation conditions with facilities meeting a certain standard. Studies have shown that decent housing conditions reduce the risk of tunnel workers developing health and lifestyle issues.

Apprentices

Femern A/S’ contracts include the requirement that contractors must create apprenticeships and traineeships in those areas where they can reasonably be employed.

It is expected that apprentices will be employed for the equivalent of up to 500 man-years in total over the Fehmarnbelt project construction period.

See more on working conditions here.