NAV reports another dip in layoffs

Norway’s state welfare agency NAV reported this week that it received around 1,500 notices from employers of looming layoffs and furloughs in May. That compares to nearly double the amount received in the same month last year. The latest decline in layoff notices brought them to their lowest level in three years, following another decline in April. […]

Palestinian dislikes LO’s Israel boycott

A Palestininan human rights activist who was in Oslo this week is urging Norway’s largest trade union confederation, LO, to drop its boycott of Israel. He claims it will hurt Palestinians more than it might help them. Bassem Eid, who has worked with human rights issues for more than 20 years, also fears any boycott […]

Støre accused of double standard

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre has run into trouble after newspaper Dagbladet revealed last week that his family firm, Femstø AS, invested in two housing projects in Oslo that employed workers with no labour union contracts, and on terms Støre himself has been fighting. Støre quickly withdrew from the projects, but accusations have continued that […]

Members quit LO over Israel boycott

Norway’s largest trade union confederation LO has never seen so many members leave the organization because of disagreement over a single politial issue. In this case it’s LO’s recent controversial majority vote to boycott Israel that’s prompted more than 100 people to dump their membership in LO unions. News bureau ANB reported this week that the single largest […]

New union boss takes command

He’s already being called one of Norway’s most powerful persons: Hans-Christian Gabrielsen is the new leader of the country’s largest trade union confederation LO, responsible for around 900,000 union members in Norway, spread over 25 labour federations. That gives him lots of clout in a country where organized labour has deep traditions and commands respect. Gabrielsen […]

Støre blasts Solberg in opening address

Jonas Gahr Støre mounted what some commentators called “frontal attacks” against Erna Solberg’s conservative government coalition when he opened his Labour Party’s annual general meeting on Thursday. Støre wants to take over Solberg’s job, and he declared from the podium that the rival Conservatives and the Progress Party have “taken Norway in the wrong direction.” It […]

Posten denies its truckers are ‘slaves’

Norway’s postal service Posten has been the target of lots of criticism lately, as it continues to cut back on mail delivery and close post offices in a bid to cut costs. Now it’s been accused of treating drivers for the Slovakian subsidiary of its trucking company Bring like slaves, but Posten claims that’s not true. A Romanian […]

High court rules against dockers

Norway’s highest court (Høyesterett) has rejected claims by a powerful Norwegian dock workers’ union that they have exclusive rights to load and offload vessels. The landmark case breaks an alleged monopoly long held by Norway’s transport workers’ federation (NTF) and also rules that Norway’s agreement to abide by EU rules takes precedence over a constitutional clause. The dock workers who […]

Norwegian Air still faces a battle in US

Members of the US Congress on both sides of the aisle are not quietly accepting a US Department of Transportation (DOT) decision that finally grants traffic rights to Oslo-based Norwegian Air’s Irish subsidiary. Opponents claim Norwegian’s expansion in the US market will cost American and European jobs, while Norwegian Air claims it will create more of them. “This is a […]

Trade union federation funds two newspapers

Norway’s largest trade union federation, LO, has voted to grant millions of kroner in funding to two newspapers, one of them the struggling Oslo-based Dagsavisen, in what LO calls an effort to maintain good journalism.  With advertising revenues plummeting and circulation falling, many Norwegian media outlets have had to cut staff and operations. “Good journalism is more […]