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 […]

Labour violations found at DNB

Regulators at Norway’s state labour authority Arbeidstilsynet have uncovered several violations of the law at Norway’s biggest bank, DNB. An investigation into claims of excessive time on the job by Indian consultants hired in from Tata Consultancy Services found that they’ve been working far too many hours a day and, in some cases, three weeks in a row […]

Unions want more influence at G20

Norway’s largest trade union federations have joined their counterparts in the four other Nordic countries in issuing a joint call for Nordic representation at G20 meetings. That’s where finance ministers and central bankers from the world’s 19 largest economies plus the EU meet for talks, and the Nordic unions want their nations to have some […]

Tata denies Vipps workers exploited

Tata Consultancy Services, one of India’s largest companies, firmly denies that the IT workers it has provided to work on major projects in Norway like DNB’s new Vipps payment system are being exploited. Tata’s management has now responded to reports by Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that Tata’s workers at DNB and other large Norwegian companies are working 14 […]

Foreigners’ work conditions probed

Norwegian labour authorities are promising full anonymity to anyone who can tell them about pay and working conditions for hundreds of foreign technical experts, mostly from India, who’ve been working on projects for both Norwegian bank DNB and grocery retailer and wholesaler NorgesGruppen. The workers have been hired in through Tata Consultancy Services of India, which […]

Strike loomed in new offshore drama

They already earn the equivalent of nearly USD 100,000 a year for working far less hours than most land-based employees, but offshore workers on the Norwegian Continental Shelf were nonetheless threatening to strike from midnight Tuesday. At issue are their lucrative contracts and benefits for working on offshore installations, at a time when their industry is in […]