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Application for holiday travels by drawing lots does not start until June 15
NEWS 14-04-2023: Actually, the application for next year’s lot travels from SIK’s Vacation Fund has traditionally started on May 1, the workers’ international day. The application is then usually closed on 1 August. It won’t be like that this year.
The application period for these traveks starts this year on 15 June and runs until 1 September.
Please also note that not everyone who is employed under the SIK agreement can apply for lot travels – from next year, some specific professional groups will be entitled to holiday-free travel every two years. You can read about who it applies to further down in this article.
Lot trips – application online only
There are a few reasons for the change in the application period.
Firstly, the application can only be made online per SIK’s website from this year. Since the online application form was launched in 2021, you have alternatively been able to still submit your application on the paper form. As people are now getting used to the online application, which has also proven to be much easier to administer than the paper form, the Vacation Fund’s board has decided to phase out the paper form.
It then requires more time for preparation, as the website’s application form has to be adjusted and adapted – and people have to be informed about it.
But it is also connected to the fact that SIK’s Vacation Fund is about to undergo a change, which means that from 2024 the fund’s funds will also be used for a new category of holiday travel.
Travels every two years – from 2024
With the new agreements between the public employers (The Greenland Government, the municipalities and the Danish state) and SIK, certain groups have obtained the right to free travel every two years. It concerns the following groups:
1. HK employees (trade and office)
2. Childcare and socialcare workers
3. Healthcare assistants
4. Interpreters and translators
More detailed guidelines for the administration of these professional groups’ travel are being prepared. It is planned that the first travels in that category can be obtained from 1 April 2024 (since the accrual period is two years from 1 April 2022, when the new agreements apply retroactively). Regarding periods and procedures for registering and booking trips, there will be detailed information from SIK to all interested parties as soon as possible during the late summer.
However, one thing is certain in this regard: Those who get a holiday travel every two years from next year (those on the list of professional groups above) can no longer participate in applications for lot travels from this year.
Guidance for applicants
The website’s instructions for applying for participation in the travel lot in 2024 will be updated by the beginning of June at the latest. If you are in doubt, you will also be able to call SIK and get guidance.
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SIK Holiday Fund
Employees, paid according to SIK’s collective agreements – and their immediate family members – can be granted a holiday trip.The application period is June 15 to September 1. The allocation of holiday travel is done by drawing lots from the applicants who meet the conditions for being able to get a holiday trip the following year.
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