Women still struggle in Norway, too

Norway is widely viewed as a haven of gender equality, but local media took due note on Thursday, International Women’s Day, of all the inequality that remains. “The ‘good old boy’s club’ is still thriving,” claimed one 50-year-old lawyer who thinks she’s better off working in the public sector than the private. New statistics from […]

Wage growth remains low

Salaries earned by the vast majority of Norwegians have registered the lowest growth in nearly two decades, according to a new report from state statistics bureau SSB. SSB reported that average monthly pay for all employees in Norway rose by 2.3 percent from September 2016 to September 2017. That was up from growth of just […]

High executive pay stirs up protests

It now only takes 21 work days for top executives in Norway to earn what’s considered to be the country’s average full-year salary of NOK 524,600 (USD 68,000). New figures outlining pay and benefits for the chief executives of Norway’s major companies show a widening gap that’s provoking some politicians and labour union leaders. A […]

Chances ‘high’ for major spring strikes

UPDATED: Trade union negotiating season looms in Norway, and this year everything from pay to pensions and benefits will be on the table. Dissatisfaction over pension plans has left union leaders demanding changes, and prompting threats of major labour disruptions this spring. “The chances for storstreik (a major strike involving a wide range of labour […]

Labour movement loses its steam

NEW ANALYSIS: It’s not just Norway’s Labour Party that has seemed to be imploding after decades of dominance. The labour movement itself, once a huge force in the Norwegian power structure, is losing members and momentum, leaving the working class it long represented with a loss of faith that’s shaking up voting patterns. Just when […]

Lobbyists target new cut-rate hair-cutter

Lobbying forces led by Norway’s national employers’ organization NHO are promoting new regulations that could snarl the business plan of the cut-rate hair-cutting chain called Cutters. NHO usually supports innovative business ventures like Cutters, but the popular and fast-growing chain poses new competition for the full-service and much more expensive hair salon branch that NHO represents. The […]

New haircut chain challenges salons

In a country where a haircut can routinely cost as much as going to the dentist, Norwegians are flocking to a new chain that offers only quick haircuts for a fixed, relatively low price. The arrival of Cutters has left established salons tearing their own hair out over the new competition that they claim violates professional […]

Labour unions try to boost membership

Less than half of all workers in Norway are now represented by labour unions. The country’s largest trade union federations are teaming up for the first time to try to reverse the trend and organize more employees. “We all agree that a strong labour movement is important for good social development,” Ragnhild Lied, leader of […]

Job uncertainty swirls around Total takeover

French oil company Total’s pending acquisition of Mærsk Oil in Norway has raised questions over how many people may lose their jobs.  Plans call for Mærsk’s 41 employees in Norway to be integrated into Total Norge, which currently has 438 employees in Norway. Both companies have operations in Stavanger. Total Norge, however, confirmed it’s cutting staff […]

Immigrants battle under-employment

Highly skilled and highly educated immigrants in Norway have long faced huge challenges finding work in line with their qualifications. Their battles not only point up underlying prejudice on the part of employers: A new study shows that Norway’s failure to include them in the workforce is also costing society as much as NOK 6 […]