Regulator slaps top Oslo restaurant

Oslo’s top Maaemo restaurant which has two stars in the Michelin guide did not impress government inspectors who recently probed conditions for its chefs and waiters, Dagbladet reported.

Maaemo, Norway's only restaurant with two Michelin stars, has received criticism from labour inspectors. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

Maaemo, Norway’s only restaurant with two Michelin stars, has received criticism from labour inspectors. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

The state agency which oversees labour relations and workplace conditions (Arbeidstilsynet), found that Maaemo violated regulations on several counts. Employees work long hours with no overtime pay, some more than 60 hours a week. Arbeidstilsynet also criticized that the elected safety representative (verneombud) is part of the restaurant’s management.

Chairman and co-owner Jon-Frede Engdahl said he’s happy that inspectors came visiting. “This is no drama,” he told Dagbladet.
“Arbeidstilsynet has carried out a probe and handed us several directives which we’ll be happy to comply with. We want them to monitor our industry”.
Reader comments to Dagbladet’s story claimed that the violations found at Maaemo are common in the restaurant business.

newsinenglish.no staff