In Denmark, where Danish is the primary language of communication and attempts to communicate in other languages are often met with resistance, confusion, or even dismissal, this is a rare occurrence.
In recent years, the 3F Bygge-, Jord-, og Miljøarbejdernes Fagforening (BJMF) or the 3F Construction, Earth and Environmental Workers’ Union, has come a long way in its journey towards advancing the rights of migrant construction workers in Denmark. However, things weren’t always this way.
The Eastward enlargement of the European Union in 2004 and 2007 caused an influx of Eastern European workers into the West, including Denmark. The promise of decent wages coupled with better working conditions drew many to trades like construction.