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President: We need to create better conditions

Panodiler against evil, in the back, a kiropraktorbesøg due to keep in the back of the neck or the daily discomfort because of osteoarthritis.

A study, as the Analysis Denmark has made of the trade union 3F, shows that each other member of the 3F in the course of the past year, have taken medicine or had the need for a form of treatment because of their current or past work.

In the study corresponds to a total of 54 percent of the 3F-members, that they have taken pain medication or had a need for treatment. For comparison, suffer well every third dane with the same problems.

According to the survey, the age group of 50-59 years the hardest hit. Here have pain sent throughout the 62 percent of the respondents a trip in the past the doctor or pharmacist.

if you Ask the 3F's president, Per Christensen, calls the result of a change of the labour market. In his eyes is downright disgraceful, that so many danes are allowed to go around with the disabilities because of their work.

– Per Christensen, how are the employees in the Danish construction sites?
– a Great many of my members are comfortable with their jobs at the different jobs around the country. But the work on the building sites is hard, and it wears on the physique. A large part of the members can feel the wear and tear on the musculoskeletal system already after 10 or 20 years in the labour market.

– Who are the hardest hit?
– New technology is helping to ease some of the pressure in the workplace, but there is a part especially older employees, who find it difficult to keep up with the increasing pace. For they are simply worn out physically. We must make an extra effort in the coming years.

– What is the significance that so many members are grappling with the pain?
– It is a big problem that so many suffer with the pain and wear and tear caused by work. It is unworthy of a rich society such as the Danish, that older people who have worked hard for 40 years to build our welfare up, must go around with so much pain in the body, they do not have the strength to go a trip with their grandchild or play bowling in seniorklubben, says Per Christensen and continues:

- It may simply not be aware of. We need to get some better conditions on the jobs, so we stop nedslidningen.

– What is to be done?
– We must make sure that nedslidningen stop for the future generations. The goal must be that no one slides up on the Danish labour market – neither in the age of retirement or when retirement age is reached, says Per Christensen.

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the Retirement age rises and rises

3F-president Per Christensen, demand for a differentiated retirement age. Picture: Jonas Olufson

3F's survey comes in the wake of that retirement 1. January rose from 65 to 65.5 years. From here it will continually be raised, and is, for example, born between 1963 and 1966, you can first go on the pension, 68-year-old.

The rising retirement age is a result of, that the danes in general live longer. The political interference has, however, received a mixed reception, and with 3F believes president Per Christensen does, you can cut the danes indiscriminately.

He demand a differentiated retirement age, taking into account that a part of the population will be more quickly worn down than the other.

I acknowledge, that when we live longer, then we should also be longer on the labour market. And it is fortunately a great many older people, both can and will. But it is time that we show a little respect for the run down, who have built our community up, " says Per Christensen, and adds:

– We must have a differentiated retirement age, where artisans can withdraw earlier from the labour market than the official retirement age.

According to the 3F's Per Christensen emphasises the need to be taken special consideration to every other member of the 3F according to the Analysis Danmaks study suffers from pain because of their work.

Our study demonstrates that not just can raise the retirement age from a desk in Copenhagen without having to put in an extra effort around work environment, training and differentiated retirement age, says fagforbundets president and adds:

– We must not create a labour market where the hard-working skilled and unskilled workers are allowed to take painkillers in order to cope with the job or function properly in their spare time.

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’I usually just bite the teeth together’

Asfaltarbejde can be hard work - not least if the body works after many years on the roads. Picture: Kirsten Fich Pedersen


Per Hurup Bach has pain in the shoulder, which he can feel in his work. He does, however, not to take medication against the pain. He has also previously been suffering with pain in the back.

- Per Hurup Bach, has your work given you pain or illness, that plague you daily?
– Yes. I suffer from pain in the shoulder.

- How have you contracted them?
– Well I've got it through the wrong lift over too long a period of time. When you have to put drywall up, you also quickly to lift the wrong.

- What does it mean for your work today?
– I'm trying today to work with so many different posts as possible, and it also helps to have a varied work. But it thought not so much at the time.

- What do you do to live with the pain?
– Well I bite it in me. I do not like to take medication and pills, so I usually just bite the teeth together. But you can as well probably notice it when you come home.

- If you had to give a hearty and healthy colleague a piece of advice, what would it be?
– Well, then it to take it easy. It is going not to hurry too much to get done the work as soon as possible. Rather do it properly, so you don't end up getting the wrong place. A second piece of advice is to remember to work as varied as possible, so as not to strain too much in one place, says Per Hurup Bach.

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John Henrik Hedemann takes regular medication for pain in the joints of the feet, knee, thumb, back, neck, shoulder, hernia and skipped the ligaments.

- John Henrik Hedemann, has your work given you pain or illness, that plague you daily?
– Yes. It must say. I have been suffering with them for 25 years.

- How have you contracted them?
– Well through heavy lifting or by stepping wrong out in the discount. So I have something in skuldermusklen. It is hard, we use the large asfaltskovle. There is heavy read, and promises more, than one ought to do.

- What does it mean for your work today?
– It doesn't mean much, it is good to have understanding. If I want to, I can say from. And now I'm so starting to run the drum. It is not as physical as to work with the shovel.

- What do you do to live with the pain?
– I take the pills as needed. It's not that I go and take them all the time, but when there is a need for it. And so, relieves the I also very.

- If you had to give a hearty and healthy colleague a piece of advice, what would it be?
– today, they have the means. But otherwise, so they must remember to speak from. In the past lifted you know, just everything possible. And it was with the hand. Now you have the both the one and the other (to contend with, red.). It goes, but of course, it is tiresome to have to live with the pain. It is good that there are other options today, " says John Henrik Hedemann.

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