Labour talks fail, strike threatened

Negotiations over new labour contracts between Norway’s national employers’ organization NHO and the two large trade union federations LO and YS broke down on Thursday. Now it’s up to the national mediator to avoid a major strike in the private sector. “We’ve been negotiating for nearly 14 days,” said LO leader Hans-Christian Gabrielsen. “We have […]

Talks in overtime averted train strike

State railroad workers won a new collective bargaining agreement late Tuesday afternoon, after 17 hours of negotiations in overtime with the new state railroad agency Bane Nor. That heads off a train strike that threatened to disrupt service on several lines. Commuters could thus breathe a sigh of relief, as could both sides involved in […]

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 […]

Giske fights on, as does his partner

The embattled Norwegian Labour Party’s shamed star, Trond Giske, still isn’t giving up his fight against all the sexual harassment charges that have piled up against him. He’s now sent a letter contesting several of the charges, while his live-in partner, entertainer Haddy Njie, has written a letter of her own in which she blasts […]

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 […]

Støre rallies his ‘shamed’ troops

“It’s time to close ranks,” Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre declared at an extraordinary national board meeting on Monday, “time to find ourselves together, and stay together.” In a 40-minute speech aimed at healing his crisis-ridden party, Støre sought to bring his former deputy leader Trond Giske’s sexual harassment case to a close, too, […]

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 […]

Giske resigns top posts in Labour

Trond Giske, one of the most powerful men in Norwegian politics, announced Sunday night that he would not be returning to his position as deputy leader of the Norwegian Labour Party. Giske, who’s been charged with sexually harassing women, also offered to resign as leader of Labour’s finance policy. Giske’s announcement, made via social media, […]

Labour ‘relieves’ Giske of his duties

The Norwegian Labour Party’s New Year is beginning where the old one ended, in crisis. Even before Labour bosses gathered for an emergency meeting on Tuesday, to decide how to handle sexual harassment complaints against their deputy leader Trond Giske, Giske had already been “relieved” of his duties. Now he’s fighting back. Labour Party leader […]