Støre’s fortunes can cost him dearly

Jonas Gahr Støre, the Labour Party’s candidate for prime minister, does not come from his party’s traditional working class. Store is instead a wealthy man from an affluent family who’s lately had to fend off more questions over his private financial holdings. Now he won’t specify which investment funds he’s chosen, in contrast to his opponent […]

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 […]

Union: ‘Norwegian Air broke contract’

The head of the Norwegian Pilot Union claims Norwegian Air broke its collective bargaining contract with the union, by writing directly to its pilots and asking them to sell their days off in return for double overtime pay. The airline wouldn’t comment on the union boss’ claim. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that the airline’s […]

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 […]